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To Wake in Tears: Understanding Interstitial Cystitis Paperback – November 11, 1998
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This book has no platitudes written by those who do not understand. Catherine stays away from inane advice "put on a happy face" "chant happy thoughts", or "watch a funny movie", which makes the nonparticipent guilty of not wanting to be well. True IC victims know that a good belly laugh hurts terribly. Catherine courageously recounts her exploration of Western Medicine and Alternative Medicine-making no judgements, just writing of her experience. She opens the door to discussion of all treatments that are available. Her book is a tribute to all who open mindedly search for something to help (some reason to hope). The ever present disclaimer- "of course you must see your dr before embarking on any treatments" can be ridiculous since AMA drs make many mistakes as Catherine detailed. AMA drs don't know the cause or a definative treatment of IC, yet we should always seek their advice before beginning any treatment? Thank you Catherine for having the guts to open your life to us, and write of your healing. I think every one has a different path toward health, but if we don't know what's available we are stiffled. Thank you Catherine you've given me some hope.
When I reviewed this book for my newsletter, I solicited comments from people who had read the book. The consensus was 100% by ICers that this is ONE GREAT BOOK. I just could not find a single person who had IC who didn't find something to help them in this book. And that includes myself, a long-time IC sufferer who has not responded well to conventional treatments. This book has given me new hope and new ways to take back my life.
This book is also great for doctors who treat people with IC, family and friends of people with IC, and employers. Nobody can read this book without coming out with a better understanding and deep respect for those of us who have this terrible disease.
I got the book soon after being diagnosed with IC (after many years of searching for answers, of course), and it was a real inspiration. I laughed; I cried, and I couldn't put it down! After all the depressing information about IC I was getting, this book was so encouraging. Suddenly, it seemed that it is possible to at least alleviate symptoms long term without harsh and barbaric treatments that are based on a superficial assumption that all bladder symptoms must be caused by the bladder only and that's the only organ that we're going to treat.
The author explores causes of IC from the whole body approach and its connection to other seemingly unrelated conditions. But unlike books written by traditional doctors, her explorations of IC causes are at a much deeper level built from the ground up without any presumptions. She doesn't insult her readers with self-evident and trivial suggestions like "Don't wear tight clothes." Her treatment suggestions are not aimed at just covering up bladder symptoms but are rather wholesome and are aimed at the underlying causes.
But, the fact that IC seems to be a part of a "bigger" picture within the body is now being echoed by studies of ICA and the Endometriosis Association (a portion of women with Endo have IC and vice versa). The fact that bladder surgery is a desperate, but not viable option is also echoed by ICA.Read more ›
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Since I got this disease, I was looking on the internet to even know what was wrong with me as none of my doctors could tell me and living in Kona Hawaii, the urologist there... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CK
Fantastic book. Anyone with a family member /friend who lives with this disease should read this book.Published 4 months ago by shoegirl
The book arrived on time as stated although the cover was a little tattered the inside was okPublished 7 months ago by maria
Nice book describing the journey the author went through with her IC.Published 7 months ago by Jane Wallace
I have the disease too. I was told by a urologist that the side effects of the medicine were worse than the disease, Considering the acidic burning between my legs that was hard to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by dew