An IC warriors story! - Veronica Corral
Did you know that there are more than 12 million people in the US who suffer with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)? IC/BPS is recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go). Here is my story:
I was diagnosed with IC when I was 23 years old. At the time I didnt know what IC was and by the Grimm look on my doctors face when he told me, I realized that one day I was really gonna feel the wrath of this disease. In 2013 I had a pretty rough year being laid off from a job that I spent beyond 12 hour days for 11 years, I didnt know what was to come and the stress of that brought on my first major flare. The stabbing and cramping pain in your pelvic area, the sharp pain in your lower back, the feeling that there is a double edged knife in your urethra as you urinate acid!! It was beyond debilitating. There are days where I cant be on my feet too long and with that it robbed me of my dream of being a pastry chef. My love for cake making just vanished and I couldn't do it anymore! The last cake I made, I felt as if my entire body was beaten and on fire!!! I wake up every morning not knowing if I'm gonna even be able to get out of bed but every day I do, regardless of the pain! I paint a smile on my face for the world to see. I say I'm fine but the truth is, my condition is only getting worse. My last cystoscopy my doctor told me my bladder walls were so thin that he could actually see thru it!! Which is a definite indication that it's getting worse. I asked him from the look of my first cystoscopy 12 years ago to now, how much worse did it really get? He said much worse and it will continue to get worse unless we find a cure!! Last year my mom was also diagnosed with this same condition and I pray that she doesnt come close to becoming as bad as I am! I could not handle seeing her deal with this pain!! I pray that a cure is found for this disease that so many people have never heard of but millions suffer from and even committed suicide because they couldn't handle the pain! So on September 22nd I'm gonna walk with the extreme thought of hope and happiness that this will be the start of a journey to help people living with IC!! I would love to have family and friends at our side to walk with us, to know we have your love and support would mean the world!
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