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About Jill Osborne

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi 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. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). For many years, Jill served on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborated with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. Jill has a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including new live IC Support Group Meetings via Youtube and the “Living with IC” video series. Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.

The Most Popular OTC Supplements of 2019

There are several supplements that IC patients have turned to in light of the new research that has linked Elmiron to eye disease, as well as the traditional antidepressants (Elavil, etc.) and bladder antimuscarinics (Detrol, Ditropan) to dementia and cognitive decline.  Here is our supplement review as of Summer 2019. FOR BLADDER, GUT & BODY [...]

By |2019-08-15T23:43:08-07:00August 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, ICN Shop & Mail Order Center, Our Blog|Comments Off on The Most Popular OTC Supplements of 2019

Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

It's a reality we all eventually face, the dreaded colonoscopy. This vital test is recommended after the age of 50 and can help detect early cancers in the GI tract. Despite its potential life saving effect, many patients go out of their way to avoid the test for a variety of reasons. For some, it's [...]

By |2019-07-23T14:21:33-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Colonoscopy Tips For IC Patients – IC flares rarely happen!

New IC Study in Wisconsin Seeks Participants

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin would like to recruit women who have been diagnosed with IC/BPS and/or MPP to participate in this study looking at the role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Chronic Pelvic Pain. We would like to understand whether the brain circuits that control your body might also be able [...]

By |2019-07-17T15:59:21-07:00July 17th, 2019|Clinical Trials, Research|Comments Off on New IC Study in Wisconsin Seeks Participants

Special double issue of the IC Optimist is now available – Keeping you strong, informed and empowered about IC/BPS

The Late Spring/Early Summer 2019 Issue of the IC Optimist is jam packed with the latest information, news, research results and summer tips for patients living with interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain. In this issue, we explore the role of infection in some IC patients. We happily announce the 2018 medical care providers of the year. [...]

By |2019-07-11T17:39:39-07:00July 11th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Special double issue of the IC Optimist is now available – Keeping you strong, informed and empowered about IC/BPS

New Cystoprotek® Cancer Warning

Our last order of CystoProtek® came with an unwelcome surprise, a new cancer warning on the bottle. Required by Proposition 65, a California based law that requires that any product or ingredient associated with cancer be clearly labelled, the CystoProtek® bottle now says “Warning: Cancer & Reproductive Harm (Prop. 65).” After a week long delay, the [...]

By |2019-06-09T19:20:36-07:00May 28th, 2019|Consumer Alerts, Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on New Cystoprotek® Cancer Warning

Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

As a health publishing company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, it is our duty to share news which can impact you, the IC patient. Unfortunately, we must share some distressing news. If you have or are currently taking pentosan polysulfate PPS (brand name: Elmiron®) and are experiencing eye issues, researchers at the Emory Eye Center (Emory [...]

By |2019-05-01T12:40:23-07:00April 30th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

Heather Irwin Named 2018 IC Nurse of the Year

At every successful IC and pelvic pain clinic, there is often someone on staff who becomes the lifeline for their patient community.  They work behind the scenes to provide support and encouragement to patients who are struggling. For the newly diagnosed, they take the time to educate and inform. For patients in flares, they take [...]

By |2019-04-15T20:21:58-07:00April 15th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Heather Irwin Named 2018 IC Nurse of the Year

Robert Evans MD Named 2018 Physician of the Year – 5th Year In a Row!

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 of [...]

By |2019-06-09T20:35:33-07:00April 12th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Robert Evans MD Named 2018 Physician of the Year – 5th Year In a Row!

Nancy Larson PT, WCS Named 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 |2019-06-15T12:22:57-07:00April 9th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Nancy Larson PT, WCS Named 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year

Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

The latest IC Optimist has been released and is available for download or purchase. It is in the process of being mailed to our members. This issue is dedicated to the many variants of IC. From fibroids to gut dysbiosis, lyme disease to endometriosis, there are many potential triggers for the symptoms we associate with [...]

By |2019-03-23T15:03:00-07:00March 23rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released