If you're newly diagnosed with IC
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
If a Urologist recently gave you an Interstitial Cystitis, (IC) diagnosis for your painful bladder and told you that there is no cure this can be devastating. This happened to me almost 5 years ago now.
You're probably feeling a slew of other emotions like anger, sadness, grief, confusion, and are overwhelmed. A sense of relief may come if you've had symptoms for a long time because you now have a name to attach with your pain. I had bladder pain and infections off and on starting as young as 10 years old. It wasn't until my early 50's that Interstitial Cystitis was ever mentioned.
Please know the way you feel at this particular moment symptoms such as burning, urgency, frequency, feeling kicked in the bladder, or fatigue symptoms will and can improve and disappear.
It's possible to live a full and active life with Interstitial Cystitis. And... best news of all, it is possible to heal and forget you were ever given a diagnosis of IC. I'm living proof.
It takes effort, focus and perseverance with each step on your personal healing journey. It may sometimes feel like you took 3 steps forward, then suddenly you are two steps backward.