Most anniversaries are marked with a speech and a remembrance of the people and the moments that highlighted the passing of time. So it is in the spirit of marking the passage of time, but just as importantly, of marking the many people who have left their mark on me because of ICPBS that I would like to honor the past 24 months since I launched a website and blog in the hopes of reaching out to a few people with ICPBS. Instead of a mere handful of people with ICPBS, close to 3700 people have landed on the front page of the website, dozens of IC patients have posted blog comments, I have had the honor of interviewing doctors thick in the battle for improving diagnosing and treating ICPBS, and my heart has been both shattered and strengthened by the courage and tenacity of spirit of men and women living with ICPBS who have reached out to me with their ICPBS stories. My promise to uphold your privacy will never be breached but I want to publicly thank you for entrusting someone whom you have never met with the story of yourselves and your life living with ICPBS.
As I look ahead to the next year(s) I am dedicated and even more singularly focused on increasing the reach of this website and blog and spreading awareness, advocacy and treatment options for ICPBS patients worldwide. Your stories and your courage in the face of a painful chronic disease have forever touched me. As an ICPBS patient, now in remission, my promise to help others through speaking aloud the painful truth behind living with ICPBS, offering emails of encouragement, and seeking out new treatments and protocols for ICPBS, is still the forefront of my mission. Within the next year I am pushing myself to do more, to reach further, to work as tirelessly as the doctors I have had the privilege of interviewing, in order to bring even more support to ICBPS patients globally. Thanks to each of you for two of the most inspiring years of my life.