My story of Interstitial Cystitis actually begins with my sister. Her story is on this website too. My sister, Missy, had IC for about 2 years before I started getting similar symptoms. Because of her history and struggle with IC, I was all too familiar with Interstitial Cystitis. I was terrified when I got a urinary tract infection, all I could think of Interstitial Cystitis . I had a few bladder infections earlier in my life, but this one did not go away with the antibiotics. I had my urine tested again after the third dose of antibiotics and when the culture came back negative, I was sure that I had IC. I had tremendous pain, pressure, urgency, and frequency. I was so scared. I would just lie on the couch all day and cry. I made an appointment with a urologist. He didn't really have an answer for me. He said I should take a couple Diflucan pills and see him again if my symptoms didn't leave. He didn't think that I had IC, but he could do further testing to be sure.
Of course I knew the horror stories of testing procedures from my sister, so I didn't go through any of that. My symptoms didn't leave. I knew what my next step would have to be-start the diet and begin consultation with Matia. My husband and I were very skeptical of eastern medicine, even though my sister was having some progress. My biggest fear was that there was no cure for this disease. I started the diet (which wasn't as bad as I thought) and began consultation with Matia about 4 months after contracting my bladder infection. I was lucky to have known someone who could refer me to Matia right away. Just speaking with Matia and hearing her caring voice assured me that I was going to be just fine. I'm excited to say that Matia had me feeling almost normal after only 5 months. She discharged me from her care after just one year.
Today I'm completely symptom-free and have been for almost a year now. I have gone back to eating almost anything I want to, except I make much healthier choices and I keep the sugar to a minimum! I feel GREAT! I thank God for Matia and have total faith in her practice.