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About Stacey Shannon

Stacey Shannon is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in Indiana. With both a B.A. and M.A. in journalism from Ball State University, she has been working as a full-time freelancer since 2002. In that time she’s had nearly 1,000 articles in various local, regional, national and international publications and worked with numerous copywriting clients. An IC'er, Stacey has written dozens of feature articles for the IC Network and the IC Optimist magazine. You can also find her at Families with Grace.

10 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing in its Tracks — And Why it’s Important for Your IC Pain Management

Though IC is a chronic condition that never goes away, it can ebb and flow sometimes. Symptoms can be better some days and awful on other days. I have gone for months at a time with my IC symptoms mostly controlled through diet and medication and then suddenly a flare hits out of nowhere. I [...]

By |2019-06-25T10:38:39-07:00June 25th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing in its Tracks — And Why it’s Important for Your IC Pain Management

10 Ways to Survive Summer Cookout Season on the IC Diet

As we move forward into the full-swing of summer, cookout season is at its peak. While having friends and family over for a cookout or attending one you’re invited to can be fun, it can also be challenging when you are limited by your IC diet. Instead of just saying no and missing out on [...]

By |2019-06-10T09:56:56-07:00June 10th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Survive Summer Cookout Season on the IC Diet

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

Chances are really good you’ve heard about CBD oil. It’s been making rounds through social media and is seemingly everywhere touting benefits for everything from pain to sleep to anxiety to epilepsy. It has become a huge industry with analysts predicting the market in the United States will reach $1 billion by 2020.(1) But, what [...]

By |2019-06-22T13:03:45-07:00May 27th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

Bladder endometriosis can mimic IC symptoms

Endometriosis is often talked about by IC patients, because the two conditions co-exist in a lot of IC patients. A study in 2007 reported that 66 percent of patients had both IC and endometriosis while endometriosis.org puts that number higher at 80 to 90 percent.(1)(2) No matter which figures are correct, the connection between the [...]

By |2019-04-29T11:16:38-07:00April 29th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Bladder endometriosis can mimic IC symptoms

Ashley Corby Uses Comedy to Spread the Word about IC

As an IC patient, Ashley Corby can spend a lot of time in the bathroom. And that’s exactly where she was back in 2010 when a friend signed her up for open mic night. While she had been told she ought to try doing stand-up comedy, she hadn’t actually tried it before. That night changed [...]

By |2019-04-17T07:52:02-07:00April 17th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ashley Corby Uses Comedy to Spread the Word about IC

How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

One tip for avoiding IC flares is to manage stress. It’s right up there with diet and hormones when it comes to triggering IC symptoms. But there are times stress not only can’t be avoided but it kicks us in the face. Unfortunately, crises happen in life. We lose loved ones. We lose our main [...]

By |2019-04-02T11:16:37-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How to Manage your Health During Hard Times

A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Last year the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) made news in a couple of ways that could aid researchers in determining the root cause of interstitial cystitis in some patients. EBV is one of the most common human viruses and is found globally.(1) It most often causes infectious mononucleosis, which you might know better as mono or [...]

By |2019-03-28T11:02:56-07:00March 26th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

While many studies have been done around IC and its often companion condition, IBS, very few studies have been done looking at how childhood bladder symptoms predict or affect patients in adulthood. But, that is slowly changing. In August 2017, researchers from the Department of Urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and the [...]

By |2019-04-06T13:34:54-07:00February 12th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

How To Be A Good Online Support Group Member

When I was first diagnosed with IC, I was 13 years old and it was the early 1990s. The internet wasn’t really around. My symptoms slowly subsided over the next few years then came back full-force when I was 23. By then, it was 2002 and the internet was everywhere. Online support groups were now [...]

By |2019-01-30T21:20:15-07:00January 14th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How To Be A Good Online Support Group Member

A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

Do you struggle with increased IC flares and bladder symptoms during allergy season? Antihistamines are listed as Step Two treatment options in the AUA guidelines for IC/BPS. Why?  Because the bladder wall contains the same kind of mast cells that also generate typical allergy symptoms.  Hydroxyzine HCL (Atarax) and hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril) have helped many [...]

By |2019-01-30T21:24:03-07:00October 26th, 2018|Our Blog, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms