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New ICN Video – On Dr. Drew’s Apology To IC and Endometriosis Patients

Here’s a new ICN video featuring ICN Founder Jill Osborne, summarizing the controversy over the weekend that led Dr. Drew Pinsky to apology to the IC and Endometriosis communities. While it certainly generated a tremendous amount of anger, there is a positive side to it. Patients united in precedented numbers to protest and demand an apology. Patients refuse to accept the minimization of pelvic pain disorders or the assumption that psychiatric care is required.
We are so proud of the IC and endometriosis patient community. You guys ROCKED IT and did an excellent job at education, awareness and protest.

By |2017-01-18T12:06:08+00:00April 29th, 2014|Awareness, News|1 Comment

About the Author:

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.

One Comment

  1. redhairing May 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank you! I love your video response. It is so uplifting to have someone explain our diagnosis and give the history of IC. I have dealt with many doctors, now in this day and age, who treated me as though my pain was psychosomatic. I have written an open letter to Dr. Drew and I have high hopes that he will read it and possibly reassess his statements.

    As of now, Dr. Drew Pinsky’s apology, in my opinion, was not sufficient. He blamed the caller and stated that the fiancé did not have either of these diagnoses without having seen any pathology himself. I worry that his podcast will not include a specialist in this area and will ultimately do more damage.

    I have posted an open letter to Dr. Drew Pinsky (http://red-hairing.com/2014/04/26/an-open-letter-to-dr-drew-pinskey/), and I do hope he has a chance to read it. I have also posted a follow up post and included your video. Thank you so much for your response, it healed some of the wound opened up by Dr. Drew Pinsky’s comments.

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