IC Awareness Daily Fact #7 – The Impact of IC on Families

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IC Awareness Daily Tip 7

My Mom Has IC: A Painful Bladder StoryIC affects not only the patient but also the extended family. Parents with IC worry about their ability to support their family. Children wonder why their parent cannot attend normal daily functions, like baseball games, and often mistakenly assume that a parent is dying. The ICN has written a children’s book “My Mom Has IC: A Painful Bladder Story” that can help! It’s ideal for children in elementary school!

Tragically, some family members and friends don’t believe that IC is a real condition and/or that the patient needs support and encouragement. Research presented at AUA 2010 demonstrated that patients with a spouse who was not supportive had a poorer outcome. The ICN has some great videos that can help educate family members. Find them at: http://www.ic-network.com/videos/

How has your family been impacted by your struggles with pelvic pain? Share your story!

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46+00:00 September 7th, 2014|Announcements, Daily Facts|Comments Off on IC Awareness Daily Fact #7 – The Impact of IC on Families

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!