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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). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates 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. With 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 the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.

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, Interstitial Cystitis Network 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 |2019-04-12T16:00:07-07:00April 12th, 2019|Front Page Feed|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 |2019-04-09T16:10:31-07:00April 9th, 2019|Front Page Feed|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, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter 2019 IC Optimist Released

LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Allergan has apparently abandoned work with LiRIS, the first treatment in history to heal the worst form of IC, Hunner's lesions, in some patients. Dr. Daniel Radecki, Executive Director of Clinical Development at Allergan, shared the news that "The LiRIS program has been deprioritized" in [...]

By |2019-02-21T13:02:38-07:00February 21st, 2019|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

I apologize in advance if this column offends anyone but we do, on occasion, need to talk about intimacy and how IC can impact that. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm very direct about the issues that we struggle with. I believe that IC can strengthen rather than weaken our [...]

By |2019-02-13T12:56:33-07:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Valentines Day, Intimacy and IC

The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

When we are prescribed an antibiotic, we are under the assumption that the antibiotic is going to kill, and only kill, bacteria that might be causing an infection. What if that antibiotic also kills mammalian (human) cells... cells that are imperative to our life and our body functions? Researchers now believe that this is exactly [...]

By |2019-02-03T19:59:56-07:00February 3rd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The Dangers of Cipro & Levaquin – Have you been floxed?

2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!

Not sure what you can take to ease your sore throat, cough or flu symptoms without triggering an IC flare? Every few years we survey patients to find out what works best for them. This year, more than 100 patients shared their best cold and flu tips and strategies. In general, products containing honey were, [...]

By |2019-01-18T20:28:22-07:00January 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on 2019 Cold & Flu Survey Results – IC Friendly Tips & Strats!

Simple Dishes For The Holidays

I don’t know about you, but this last week before the holidays is usually a mixture of excitement, busy-ness, nostalgia, and fun…with a bit of anxiety thrown in for flavor. I usually want everything to be perfect: the perfect presents, the perfect gatherings, and the perfect food, all to help create the perfect memories. But [...]

By |2018-12-20T15:06:28-07:00December 19th, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project|Comments Off on Simple Dishes For The Holidays