Thursday, May 23, 2013

Braving the dreaded 'No Bathrooms' on the Pendleton Underground Tour Comes To Life

Well, IC ladies... I did it. I went somewhere and did something that specifically said "no bathrooms on tour" and the tour was approximately two hours.

There is an underground tour in a city about 1.5 hours away from where I live and once a year they do a live interactive version that I heard was fantastic. My mom had been wanting to go so for Mother's Day I bought us tickets. While there are bathrooms at the gift shop, there are none underground for public use. Which as you know, even the thought can make us panic. I did make sure to go a few times before our tour started and although I was definitely stressing a little, did not want to let the IC be in control. So I did it anyway. I was prepared to need to leave the tour early, but ended up never having to. I relaxed a bit and was distracted enough I made it through. If I could have celebrated with a drink I sure would have! ;)

Some tips if you ever encounter something like this: choose carefully what you have for breakfast and what you drink, take your meds, and be prepared to do whatever necessary to take care of yourself. Being kind and explaining the situation to the others, if need be, is always an option! Even if you tried and things didn't work out exactly as you hoped, I'd say that is a success! You learn and get stronger through each experience. So good for you!

Another thing, try not to stress or take things too seriously. Yes, IC is uncomfortable and a pain in the uh... lower regions, but if you can laugh at the situation and just do what ya gotta do, life will be easier and others may not even notice or be bothered by it. And if they are, time to get new people in your life. 

So celebrate those IC successes and attempts. No matter how small! And share them with the IC community.  I know they inspire me and I'm sure I'm not the only one. 

X, A!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The IC Life

Hi everyone! I don't post much about what's going on with my health, but I plan to change that. Not in the sense that I want you to know every little detail about my body, but I do want to share what I'm doing and trying on the path to recovery from IC.

I'm always on the lookout for information and stories from those who have similar struggles and it can be hard to find upbeat positive people who fight tooth and nail to not let their struggles overcome them. I appreciate everyone who opens up and shares their experience, but so many people simply want a place to vent (we all need that) or even complain without making any life changes or doing anything about their situation. It can be so easy to stay stuck in that depression and fear that health issues can cause and I want to inspire people to overcome it! 

I may fail everyday at being who I want to be, but I refuse to be defined by my health struggles or failures. I want to live despite what I'm going through. I want to fight for my life and all I want out of it. And I want to share it with you! I want to show you the happy and not so happy parts of struggling with IC, how I deal, what works or doesn't for me, along with recipes, food ideas, travel advice, and other tips for living with IC. 

If you ever have any question or comments, please leave them here! But remember to be polite and respectful. We're all just doing our best here and there is no reason to be mean. The world has enough of that. 

So I hope you enjoy my blog and stick around. Because you're not alone. I'm not alone. And we CAN do this!