These truths include the fact that we are stronger and more resilient than we ever gave ourselves credit for. Our capacity for pain, embarrassment and sleepless nights is both mind numbing and mind boggling. We learn that a painful and chronic disease has physical, emotional and spiritual components. One of the harder truths involves the connectedness between diet and the pain and inflammation cycle with IC. And we finally find the empowerment that comes after realizing that we can make choices about our treatment of IC.
Years after my IC went into remission after five grueling years of complete diet change, acupuncture, and yeast and bacteria elimination I find myself helping other women find their road to recovery from emotional trauma, yeast infections and other ailments. I am saddened by their struggles and feel blessed to be able to offer advice or potential remedies pulled from living with IC for so many years. I realize that the pain was not for naught. I hope that it changed my perspective about life; and I hope that I continue to meet brave men and women who seek each day to improve their lives.