About icnjill

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!

2019 Poster Contest Winners

We are happy to announce the 2019 Winners for the IC Awareness Month Poster Campaign! First Place - Erin D. Erin embraced the theme of our 2019 campaign by honoring the strength that occurs when patients work together and support each other. Whether it be in their own home towns or via awareness activities online, [...]

By |2019-11-14T22:03:21-08:00November 14th, 2019|Announcements, Patient Activism, Patient Projects, Poster Contest|Comments Off on 2019 Poster Contest Winners

2018 IC Doctor Of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans

For the fifth year in a row, Dr. Robert Evans (Wake Forest Baptist Health) was voted physician of the year by the IC patient community, capturing 27% of the vote! It is remarkably well deserved. Dr. Evans compassion, empathy, and kindness has fostered a medical care environment that patients flock to, with some traveling thousands [...]

By |2019-04-12T15:57:06-07:00April 12th, 2019|MD & PT Award Of The Year|Comments Off on 2018 IC Doctor Of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans

2018 Physical Therapist of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Nancy Larson PT, WCS (Creative Therapeutics Physical Therapy) has been selected as the 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year. Every year, the IC Awareness Month campaign accepts nominations for medical care providers working with IC and pelvic pain who are compassionate, supportive, knowledgeable and caring.  Nancy's nomination shows that [...]

By |2019-04-09T16:08:00-07:00April 9th, 2019|Announcements, MD & PT Award Of The Year|Comments Off on 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year

2018 Meme Contest Winners

First Place - Mari Vasquez Mari poured her heart and soul into IC Awareness Month this year with more than twenty   memes and posters. These were some of our favorites from her collection. She reminds us "You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning... You are brave for doing things even [...]

By |2018-11-08T23:48:39-08:00November 8th, 2018|Meme Contest, Patient Projects|Comments Off on 2018 Meme Contest Winners

The 2018 Winners of the Poster Contest Are:

First Place Winner - Michelle Milheiras Michelle Milheiras poster entries scored the highest votes in our poster contest with a message that we all need to hear. Patients need support. Patients deserve support. Yet, why, oh why, is support so often out of reach for those patients who need it the most. The symbolism is [...]

By |2018-10-31T22:56:40-07:00October 31st, 2018|Poster Contest|Comments Off on The 2018 Winners of the Poster Contest Are:

IC Awareness Month 2018 – Official Press Release

IC/BPS Patients Refuse To Suffer In Silence Demanding Compassionate and Humane Pain Care FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 
September 1, 2018 (Santa Rosa, CA) When a patient is told that their pain is “all in their head” it reveals something that many medical care providers are reluctant to admit. They have no clue why that patient is [...]

By |2018-08-12T14:48:24-07:00August 12th, 2018|Announcements, Media Kit|Comments Off on IC Awareness Month 2018 – Official Press Release

2017 MD of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans MD

Every year, we ask IC patients to nominate clinicians (doctors, physical therapists, nurses) who have treated them with compassion, respect and effective treatments. Nominations are often incredibly heartfelt with patients sharing personal stories of clinicians (and their staff)  who listen to their struggles, who patiently explain treatment options and, most importantly, maintain a long-term, steady [...]

By |2019-04-11T15:42:23-07:00April 6th, 2018|Announcements|Comments Off on 2017 MD of The Year – Dr. Robert Evans MD

2017 Meme Contest

2o17 Meme Contest Winners & Entries! These are the final entries for the 2017 IC Awareness Month Meme contest! We love the creativity that IC patients bring to the front as they talk about IC. First Place - J. Gosewehr A meme is supposed to be entertaining, sharable, poignant and ideally educational. Of course, cats [...]

By |2017-11-08T12:57:11-08:00November 7th, 2017|Announcements, Meme Contest|Comments Off on 2017 Meme Contest

2017 Poster Contest Winners

Education Poster - First Place (Best Use Of Theme) - E. Dryburgh Comments - Due to the hypervigilance triggered by the opiate crisis, more and more legitimate pain patients have been accused of being drug addicts by nurses and doctors unfamiliar with their unique patient history and medical condition. This is particularly true for patients [...]

By |2017-10-30T22:25:32-07:00October 30th, 2017|Announcements, Poster Contest|Comments Off on 2017 Poster Contest Winners

IC/BPS Awareness 2017 Kicks Off

Every September, IC/BPS patients and organizations around the world gather together to promote interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and chronic pelvic pain. This year, our campaign is bold and blunt, telling the story of patients who are refused pain treatment with, in some cases, tragic results. Despite decades of research showing that this medical condition [...]

By |2017-08-20T13:50:39-07:00August 20th, 2017|Announcements, IC Educational Materials|Comments Off on IC/BPS Awareness 2017 Kicks Off