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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.

How to be your own best health advocate

Four years ago, I had increased bladder pressure caused by vaginal vault prolapse. Because of my extensive pelvic history, my local gynecologist didn't want to treat it and sent me to a specialist in a big city an hour away. That specialist insisted I couldn't possibly be feeling pain or increased symptoms and referred me [...]

By |2020-05-29T12:10:16-07:00May 29th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on How to be your own best health advocate

Ideas for staying active when you’re at home

When you are staying home because you don't feel well or need to be home otherwise, hanging out on the couch with Netflix can be tempting. While sometimes that's exactly what we need, if we are home for longer periods of time, we also need to make sure we are finding ways to stay active [...]

By |2020-05-14T23:43:09-07:00April 16th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Ideas for staying active when you’re at home

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Could Be Helpful to IC Patients

For a few years, professional athletes have been using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to help their injuries heal faster. Though research is debatable about whether PRP therapy is effective in faster healing, it seems at least promising. Some people are even using it to encourage hair growth. PRP therapy, though, might actually be beneficial to [...]

By |2020-05-12T21:00:02-07:00March 28th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Could Be Helpful to IC Patients

Do You Need a Second (or Third) Opinion?

Chances are by the time you get your diagnosis of IC, you have already seen a couple of doctors. Considering finding yet another doctor seems like too much, but sometimes you must. When I was 13, my local pediatrician sent me to a local urologist because I kept having UTI symptoms without an infection. The [...]

By |2020-02-27T10:40:32-08:00February 27th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Do You Need a Second (or Third) Opinion?

Taking a Look at MAPP Research in 2019

Since being created by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases back in 2007, the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network has continued to study IC more closely in order to design better clinical trials with the goal of identifying helpful treatment for different types of [...]

By |2020-02-21T13:31:58-08:00February 20th, 2020|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Taking a Look at MAPP Research in 2019

Parenting With IC – Parents Share Their Struggles, Tips and Suggestions

 Kim Wayne’s 5-year-old son loves to ride his bicycle and wants to go on bike rides with his mom quite often. However, Wayne, who was diagnosed with IC in 2006, oftentimes has too much bladder pain to go on a bicycle ride with her son. So she’s found less physical activities for them to do [...]

By |2020-02-18T22:46:54-08:00February 18th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Parenting With IC – Parents Share Their Struggles, Tips and Suggestions

A Daily Approach to Thriving and Not Just Surviving

Do you ever feel like you're stuck in survival mode? Living with a chronic, painful condition like IC sometimes means that we go into survival mode, handle the tasks right in front of us that HAVE to be done and count the minutes until we can sit in a comfortable seat with our heating pad [...]

By |2020-02-10T10:56:46-08:00February 10th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on A Daily Approach to Thriving and Not Just Surviving

Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort

While I've never been a fashionista and couldn't care less about is on the runways each season, I do take pride in my appearance. I work from home and still wear makeup daily because it makes me feel good. My fashion style has always been about what I like and not what other people think. [...]

By |2020-01-21T09:55:50-08:00January 21st, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort

10 Ways to Reduce Your Holiday Spending

Holiday gift-giving, baking and decorating can be stressful for anyone. Tossing in IC adds even more stress. Pile on a slew of medical bills, and the holidays make some ICers wants to run and hide in their rooms until Jan. 1. But, there is hope. Whether you’re budgeting out of necessity or just to save [...]

By |2019-12-13T08:13:16-08:00December 13th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Reduce Your Holiday Spending

Holiday Gift Ideas for IC Patients

As we get fully into the holiday season, that has us thinking about gifts. While IC patients have all sorts of unique hobbies, likes and dislikes, there are some items that most IC patients would love to have show up in shining wrapping paper this holiday season! This is a great time to save some [...]

By |2019-12-10T15:05:03-08:00November 26th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Holiday Gift Ideas for IC Patients