Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

September is the official month for Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Awareness.

According to wikipedia, IC is, "is a chronic condition and diagnosis of exclusion of unknown cause characterized by bladder pain. It may be associated with urinary urgency, urinary frequency, waking at night to urinate (nocturia), and sterile urine cultures...Recent studies have revealed that between 2.7 and 6.53 million women in the USA have symptoms of IC and up to 12% of women may have early symptoms of IC/BPS. Further study has estimated that the condition is far more prevalent in men than previously thought ranging from 1.8 to 4.2 million men having symptoms of interstitial cystitis." 

I am one of those million women.

Back in January I shared about what a day in my life looks like.  You can read about it here.  It's not pretty and yes, it is painful and very real.

I am meeting more women who have IC symptoms, have been diagnosed or know someone who has been diagnosed.

Educate yourself about interstitial cystitis.  You may be helping yourself or someone you love.

Me and Alexandria (27 months old), almost 8 months later.

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