Calgary IC’er Starts Int’l Proclamation Requests

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Our gratitude to IC patient Stephen Pilch who, last year, was impressed that the city of Edmonton issued a proclamation for IC… thus, this year, asked his city of Calgary to do the same. Here’s the proclamation information that provided the city!

Please ask your Mayor, City Council, Governor, State Representative and/or Congressman to honor the struggles of IC patients and to help us raise awareness by issuing a proclamation today!

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An estimated three to eight million women and one to four million men in the USA, and millions more around the world, struggle with a rarely discussed pelvic pain condition, interstitial cystitis.

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition resulting in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder or surrounding pelvic region. People with IC usually have inflamed or irritated bladder walls which can cause scarring and stiffening of the bladder. Seniors, young parents, teens and children may struggle daily with uncontrollable urinary frequency, urgency and/or debilitating levels of “razor blade” like pain in the pelvic area, particularly as their bladder fills with urine. Sitting, driving, working, attending school and intimacy are difficult if not impossible.

The cause(s) of IC is currently unknown. Its diagnosis is often made only after excluding other urinary bladder causes.

Physicians of all specialties must be educated about this wide-spread and devastating medical condition. Self-help therapies can be shared. IC patients should not had to endure shame or blame when seeking help and support, especially from family members and friends.

Please help dispel the silence and stigma of Interstitial Cystitis in Calgary by joining Edmonton in declaring September Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month.

By | 2012-07-10T15:12:30-07:00 July 9th, 2012|Patient Projects, Proclamations|Comments Off on Calgary IC’er Starts Int’l Proclamation Requests

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!