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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.

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, Interstitial Cystitis Network 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, Interstitial Cystitis Network 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, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on A Common Virus Could be the Cause of IC in Some Patients

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 |2019-02-27T13:40:34-07:00February 27th, 2019|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About CBD Oil

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|Interstitial Cystitis Network 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, Interstitial Cystitis Network 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|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

Back in August of 1999, I was a 20-year-old college student excited to marry my high school sweetheart. I had bladder issues from the time I was 3. I was diagnosed with IC when I was 13. When I was 15, my husband asked me to be his girlfriend. As time went on, my symptoms [...]

By |2018-10-16T17:53:21-07:00September 29th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Managing Marriage and IC

Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

While IC patients are frequently in the bathroom to urinate, sometimes the very medicines recommended to help the condition cause another bathroom-related problem: constipation. And constipation causes increased discomfort in the pelvis, which is the last thing ICers need. According to the Harvard Medical School, some of the medicines that can cause constipation, especially in [...]

By |2018-06-03T16:57:26-07:00June 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

How To Get Better Sleep With IC

Are your IC symptoms keeping you up at night, causing you to feel as tired in the morning as you do when you go to bed? Nighttime is hard for IC patients. We lie in bed with nothing to distract us from the pain and have to get up to use the bathroom one more [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:58:12-07:00May 2nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Get Better Sleep With IC