IC Awareness Month

September is IC/BPS Awareness Month

August 18, 2014
by icnjill

Download and share the 2014 IC Awareness Month Poster

Help Put Our IC Awareness Poster in Thousands of Doctor Offices

Official IC Awareness Month Poster  2014One of the ways that we raise awareness about IC is through our IC Awareness Month Poster Campaign. When they are displayed in doctors offices, it reminds clinicians that IC is real and patients that they are not alone. The problem, of course, is that we don’t have a big pharmaceutical company paying to print up posters and mail them to doctors.

So, IC Awareness Month is the epitome of patient activism. We need to get these posters out and up and that’s only going to happen if you, the IC patient, are willing to get involved. It’ll only take a minute to print it out (costing you no money at all other than paper and printer ink) and then either drop it in the mail or hand deliver it to your doctors offices. You can print out as many as you want! The more the merrier. IC Optimist subscribers can also cut off the back cover of their Summer 2014 issue and use that as a poster. It’s glossy and beautiful!

If you’ve got some extra $$ to spend, you can also give the file to a local printing company and ask them to enlarge it. Our printing company, for example, is charging $15 for an 18″ wide larger poster.

Where you put IC Awareness Month Posters

Most locations are respectful of and encourage health awareness campaigns. Ask them first if they will post it and, if not, save it for another location that will. Once it’s up, please take a picture of it up on the wall and send it to us, or tweet (@icnjill or @icawareness) or Facebook it!

  • Doctors offices
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Community Bulletin Boards
  • School Nursing Offices
  • Coffee Shops

About This Years Poster

This year’s poster speaks to the intent of this years campaign. It features a man and a woman who are holding a heart over their pelvis. The hearts say “We Stand Together.” But they also each have a tear on their face, showing just how painful IC can be. This beautiful poster was created by IC patient Jennifer Williams and was the first place winner in our 2013 Poster Contest. Thanks Jennifer for this iconic image!

Download IC Awareness Month Poster

Download a PDF file of our IC Awareness Poster here!

August 15, 2014
by icnjill

IC Awareness Month 2014 Poster Contest

Bring out your inner artist and create a poster for IC Awareness Month sharing your own interpretation of life with IC. Have you children make their own poster with your choice of medium: digital, watercolor, crayon, markers! Your choice!

All posters will be added to our website and the winners will receive $100, $75 or $50 gift certificates from the ICN Shop! This year’s official poster is the winner of the 2013 poster contest!!! Thus, your entry could be selected and appear in doctors offices around the country next year!


#1 – It must say IC Awareness Month and inclued the URL: icawareness.org

#2 – It must be large enough to fit on an 8.5 by 11” piece of paper. Digital or paper entries are welcome!

Entries should be submitted by email to: info@icawareness.org
or by US Mail to: IC Network, 5636 Del Monte Court, Santa Rosa CA 95409

Entry Deadline: September 30, 2014!!

Here are some of last years entries to inspire you!




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August 15, 2014
by icnjill

IC Awareness Month 2014 Facebook Timeline Image Contest – Winners will receive $100, $75 or $50 gift certificates

Calling all IC artists! Social networking fanatics! The 2014 IC Awareness Month Facebook contest is officially underway. Last year, we had some fabulous entries and I know that this year will be even better. What we’re looking for is an image, collage, drawing that shares your story of life with IC for use as a Facebook Timeline Image. All languages welcome!

Your entry must:

#1 – Say “IC Awareness Month” and include the url icawareness.org

#2 – It should be 850px wide by 315 px high

#3 – It should be either a .jpg, .gif or .png file!

To enter your image, please email the file to: info@icawareness.org

Here are some of last years entries to give you some inspiration!





August 12, 2014
by icnjill

2014 Proclamation

One excellent way to raise awareness for the issues that interstitial cystitis patients face is by asking your local City Council, County Board of Supervisors, State Legislators or US Senators & Congressmen to issue a proclamation on behalf of IC Awareness Month. We’ve made this super easy with a downloadable file you can print out and send, with a letter, to your choice of politician. Download the 2014 Proclamation Here!

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IC Awareness Month Proclamation

Whereas, 3 to 8 million women in the USA and 1 to 4 million men of all ages suffer the devastating effects of this chronic pelvic pain disorder; and

Whereas, many physicians are unaware of the symptoms and effects of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, causing patients to suffer for years before they obtain a correct diagnosis and medical treatment; and

Whereas, medical research efforts into interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome have yet to discover the cause nor cure for this disabling medical condition and federal research money has been severely reduced; and

Whereas, there is a critical need to educate and support individuals and families affected by interstitial cystitis;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that September 2014 is hereby designed as Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month during which patients, support groups and organizations call for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research, targeted educational programs for health professionals, patients and the public and recognition of urological disorders as a significant public health issue.

Proclaimed This Day, September 2014

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August 12, 2014
by icnjill

2014 IC Awareness Month Poster & Facebook

IC Awareness Month is just three weeks away and we’re adding the latest images! Our official 2014 campaign poster and Facebook icon was the winner of the 2013 IC Awareness Poster Contest. Artist and IC’er Jennifer Williams has contributed a fabulous and memorable image that works beautifully with this years them “For Years We Suffered In Silence, Now We Stand Together.”

New Facebook Icon

To use this image on your Facebook or other Social Networking accounts, just right click the image and save it to your desktop. Then upload as per Facebook’s instructions. Easy Peasie!


You can also use the one we created last year if you’d like. We think it’s awfully perfect too!


New Poster

Please download and print this poster and share with your favorite medical care providers, community bulletin boards and so forth. It’s also the back cover of our Summer IC Optimist Magazine where it can be used as you see fit! Download the full size PDF here!

Official IC Awareness Month Poster  2014

October 17, 2013
by icnjill

IC Awareness Month Poster Contest Winners!

It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2013 IC Awareness Month Campaign and we have a surprise, rather than just three winners, we’ll have five! The posters this year were fabulous

First Place: Jennifer Williams – $100 gift certificate

Jennifer Williams has created an iconic image absolutely perfect for use in an annual awareness campaign. We love the simple yet powerful imagery. It includes men and women, the hands placed over the bladder and that simple tear drop is a powerful message.


Second Place (TIE) – Audrey Taskeshta & Tish Alie – $75 gift certificates

Audrey’s original watercolor is absolutely gorgeous, beautifully using color and image to remind every IC patient that they are beautiful, that they are strong and, most importantly, that IC cannot break you!


Tish Alie’s poster is POWERFUL! It catches the eye and makes the reader want to get up close and learn more about it. Tears evoke a powerful message, that we all should stop and ask “what can we do to make this better?” And, thankfully, more and more people are doing so!

Tish Ali IC Awareness Month Poster

Third Place (TIE) – Carolyn Rumsey & Lynn Dryburgh – $50 gift certificates

Carolyn Rumsey

This creative poster could work perfectly in any doctors office. It’s funny yet enlightening and, of course, grounded in the daily symptoms of an IC patient. It’s makes you laugh yet, at the end, hits you with the powerful punch that IC patients also struggle with profound loneliness at times.


Lynn Dryburgh entry was made in honor of her daughter, who suffers from IC. This is the first poster we’ve had entered which raises awareness about the needs of children who struggle with bladder pain and discomfort. We love the use of several languages on the poster. This could work beautifully in an educational campaign with school nursing staff and educators!


Prizes will be delivered by the end of the month!

Thank you EVERYONE who entered the contest!!! Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL entries this year!

Jill :)

October 9, 2013
by icnjill

Timeline Contest Winners!!

FIRST PLACE – Robert Johnson $100 Gift Certificate

We chose Robert’s entry as our grand prize winner because it empowers patients and reminds each and every one of us that we can absolutely make a difference and IC Awareness Month is just one way that they can speak out!!! We also love the fact that it is genderless, supporting both men and women who have IC. Well done Robert!!!


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SECOND PLACE – Ana Perez $75 Gift Certificate

The message in this timeline image is critical. We need MORE people to truly understand the suffering, plight and needs of patients who lack access to health care, cannot find physicians to care for them and who often suffer in silence. We love that the hands also hold a heart over the bladder! Lovely, powerful imagery!


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THIRD PLACE – Britany Schaible $50 Gift Certificate

Britany’s entry is lovely and will appeal to many who want to share their IC message on their Facebook page. We love the color, the imagery, the message… we love it all!



October 9, 2013
by icnjill

New Timeline Contest Entry – R. Thomas


This entry speaks to the family members and friends of IC patients. He says “Don’t let IC be a wall between you and your loved ones.” He urges “Let them know they are not alone!” We LOVE these messages… and how our friends and loved ones should be a source of compassion and understanding so that it really does help the patient cope with fear, anxiety and so forth! Well done Rob!