I think whoever coined the phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" must have gone through something life altering such as learning to cope with a debilitating and painful disease such as IC. As I reflect back over my early years with IC I was filled with fear, disbelief and a lot of outrage that I had been given a life sentence diagnosis of an incurable disease at the tender age of 27. I felt like I was in the clutches of a terrible nightmare and often felt as if the universe was punishing me for something, but I could never light on anything from my past that would warrant such a painful punishment.
Ultmately, I grew more accepting of the disease as an eye opener about how I had been putting myself and my health last and that I had a lot of emotional issues to deal with in order to begin to process the tiny kernels of thought that I could begin to heal all aspects of my being: physical, spiritual and emotional. Some days it was hard to tell which was more painful to deal with: emotional trauma or the pain in my bladder and vagina.
Thanks again to each of you for sharing your life and your journey living with IC with me and my singular wish for each of you is health and healing. With gratitude for an amazing year on-line. Carin