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    Can you imagine how great it would feel to walk into a room filled with others who understand exactly what you're going through?? Having IC is difficult at times... and doing it alone is unnecessary. Why recreate the wheel and try to figure this out on your own when there are dozens of independent IC groups around the country who are waiting to help you! IC Support Groups will help you learn more about IC, about resources in your area and, most of all, to make some great new friends! Don't suffer in silence at home, alone. If there is a group near you, call the group leader and introduce yourself!

    Attn Group Leaders: We will NOT be posting specific meeting dates in this area because they change so frequently. You can post those directly into our Events Calendar in this forum. See the menu bar above. However, we will post your basic meeting schedule (monthly, quarterly). New group info, cancellations and special event info should be sent to me by PM.

    Arizona
    The Phoenix I.C. Support Group
    Group Co-Leaders:
    Barbara DiGilio - 602-441-3644
    e-mail: [email protected]
    Carolyn White-Krueger - 602-469-2766
    e-mail: [email protected]
    Meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 pm at the John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain on 250 E. Dunlap Road in Phoenix. E-mail or telephone for additional information

    The IC Support Group of Sierra Vista
    Group Leader: Carol
    Phone: (520) 843-0719
    For information on location, date, and time, please contact Carol above.

    The Tucson IC Support Group
    Group Contact: Marsha Crawford [email protected]
    Beth Barrasso [email protected]
    For info on location, date and times, please email Marsha or Beth!

    Arkansas
    The IC/Chronic Bladder Pain Information Center of the Ozarks
    Group Contact: Shelly (417)255-1900 or [email protected]
    We are just getting started but have already gotten a good medical base of IC compassionate professionals here in the Ozark Region. I would like to also help network others throughout Missouri, and Northern Arkansas.


    California

    Northern California
    The IC Support Group of Northern California
    Group Leader: Jill Osborne ([email protected])
    Phone: (707)538-9442
    Website: http://www.ic-network.com/icre/
    We are looking for a new co-leader or leader to take over this group while Jill focuses on the ICN! IC-Redwood Empire provides support to patients in the greater Northern California and Northern San Francisco Bay Area. We meet twice a year. Please contact for additional info.
    Pelvic Pain & Resource Sharing Support Group
    Group Leader: Julie Tanaka, PT
    Phone: 831-238-2357
    When: Second Saturday of each month 9-11am (Please call for dates)
    Where: 157 Sargent Court, Monterey, CA
    Julie has specialized in the area of pelvic muscle dysfunction for the past 7 years. Her practice focuses on addressing the muscle component of pelvic pain and syndromes such as interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, vulvodynia and prostititis. (member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, APTA Women Section, IC Network)

    Southern California
    New! (10/08) Central Coast IC Support Group
    Group Contact: Ann LaRose
    (805)464-0564 or [email protected]
    This new IC support group hopes to provide support to patients along the Central California coast.. from King City (to the North) down to Santa Barbara (in the South). Meetings will be in San Luis Obispo, CA.

    The Citrus Valley IC Support Group
    Group Leaders: Dr. Edward & Josephine Davis & Laurie Novak, M.A.
    Website: http://www.icaction.com
    Phone: 626-914-3921
    Has three different meetings each month, 2nd (Intercommunity Hospital, Covina) & 4th Tuesday (Foothill Presbyterian Hospital) of the Month, 6:30PM and occasional saturdays (Foothill). Call for info.

    The IC Support Group of Los Angeles, Encino Chapter
    Group Leader: Jilla Wolsey L.M.F.T. (805) 745-1403
    e-mail: [email protected]
    Please call or e-mail if interested.

    The IC Support Group of Orange County
    Jean Gardner (714)544-2050 or E-mail: [email protected]
    The Orange County IC Support Group generally meets the third Sunday of the month (afternoons). Please contact Jean for the latest location and meetings.

    The IC Support Group of San Diego
    Group Sponsor: Lowell Parsons, M.D.
    Group Contact: Cathy Salazar-Martiarena - (858) 672-2249
    Group meetings are held from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on the first Sunday of April, June, October & December at Thornton Hospital (part of UCSD Medical Center) in the Coral Conference Room (located on the first floor near the cafeteria). Thornton Hospital is at 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. The hospital phone number is (858) 657-7000 and the phone number of the Coral Conference Room is (858) 657-6644. Please check out our group website.

    The IC Support Group of Torrance
    Group Contact: Sharon Cartwright
    Phone: (310)645-7466 e-mail: [email protected]
    Meets 4th Sunday of the month, every two months. Torrance Memorial Medical Center - Health Conference Rooms!


    Colorado
    IC Support Group of Firestone, CO
    Group Leader: Nancy Humbrecht
    Phone: 303-485-7344
    She plans to have four meetings a year, the next scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at 7PM. Please contact her directly for location and additional meeting dates.


    Connecticut
    IC Support Group of New Haven
    Group Leader: [email protected]
    First meeting scheduled for 12/13/07 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Please email the group leader above for additional info!

    The IC Support Group of Central Connecticut
    Group Leaders: Wendy Maurice 860-537-0155 E-mail: [email protected]

    New London IC Support Group
    Group Leader: Alyce Hemstreet E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: (860)739-7504, after 7pm
    Meets third Wednesday of the month at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. Please contact for additional information!


    Florida

    The Greater Gainesville IC Support Network
    Group Leader: Geneva Ziller E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: 352-284-6310
    Meetings are the third Saturday of every other month at the Tower Road Branch of the Alchua County Library.

    IC/Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group of NE Florida
    Group contact: Patty Jones
    Phone: (904) 269-8030 or E-mail: [email protected]
    At this time we are only doing phone support until we can find a new location. We are still available anytime.

    New! The IC Support Group of Orlando
    Group Leader: Brigitte Turner
    E-mail: [email protected]
    This new group hopes to have their first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20th 2008 and, afterwards, will continue meetong on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

    The Panama City IC Support Group
    Group Leader: Gloria Tipton
    Please call for additional information & their current meeting schedule! Meetings will begin again in January 2009! For additional info, please call Pat Flebotte at: 850-233-7734.

    The IC Support Group of South Florida
    Leader: Marcia Gordon
    Phone: 954-752-4746 E-mail: [email protected]
    We meet approximately every other month on a Sunday at University Hospital and Medical Center, Tamarac, Florida. Please call for details and a meeting schedule.


    Georgia
    The Savannah IC Support Group
    Leader - Jolene Seese, RN Urological Associates of Savannah
    Group Contact - Margie Chance - 912-826-0252
    Will meet quarterly at Chandler Hospital. Please call for dates and times

    The Metro Atlanta Interstitial Cystitis Support Group
    Group Contact: Jeffrey Proctor, MD
    Phone: 770-607-1893
    Meets at the Emory Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville, GA.Meets third Thursday of every other month at 6:30PM in the classroom.

    The Greater Lawrenceville Area IC Support Group
    Sponsored by Denise Pecht MD & Dana Bell, RN of Progressive Healthcare For Women
    Group Contact: Dana Bowen, RN
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: 770-339-4000
    Meets monthly at the Progressive Healthcare For Women Office, 771 Old Norcross Rd., Suite 305, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045


    Hawaii
    Interstitial Cystitis Support - Maui
    Group Contact: Suzzana
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Suzzana provides phone and e-mail support for patients on Maui.

    Interstitial Cystitis Support - Oahu
    Group Contact: Lisa Ferreira
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: (808) 636-5045
    Lisa is hoping to start a new support group on Oahu! Please contact her ASAP if you are interested in meeting others in the islands.


    Illinois
    Dekalb Area IC Support Group
    Group Leader: Tracie Klug
    Phone: (815) 761-4902
    Email: [email protected]
    For information on location, date and time, please
    contact Tracie.
    Northwest Suburban Interstitial Cystitis Support Group of Illinois
    Group Leader: Barb Zarnikow
    Phone: 847-478-9614
    email: [email protected]
    Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7PM at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge, IL 60068, 10th Floor of Main Hospital - Room 1064
    The IC Support Group of Dupage
    Group Leaders: Jean - Phone: 630-668-9800
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Please contact Jean for meeting information!

    The South Central Illinois Interstitial Cystitis Group
    Group Leader: Angie Huie
    Phone: 618-925-4017
    E-mail: [email protected]
    This group will be meeting the second Thursday of even months (June, August, October, etc.) If you have any questions, please e-mail at [email protected] or call 618-925-4017.

    Indiana
    The IC Support Group of Ohio & Indiana
    Group Leader: Becky Chaney
    Phone: (937)335-6432
    Meets quarterly, 2nd Tuesday. St. Johns Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

    The IC Support Group of Evansville
    Group Coordinators: Gerald Roach & Angela Roach R.N.
    Phone: (812) 464-0068
    E-mail: [email protected]
    For information on location, date, and time, please contact Gerald or Angela above.


    Iowa
    The Interstitial Cystitis Support Group of Iowa
    Group Leader: Joyce Bohnsack
    Phone: (319)355-7814 E-mail: [email protected]
    Meets in quarterly (April, June, August, November). Meets at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Iowa.


    Kansas
    The IC Support Group of KU Medical Center
    Group Leader: Gerri Rathbun [email protected]
    Phone: 816-252-2566
    The group meets on the second Thursday of every other month. Meeting 7:00 - p.m. 9:00 p.m. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Meeting location, Rieke Auditorium, Kansas University Medical Center, 39th and Rainbow, Kansas City, Kansas. Free parking across from the Bookstore on 39th street (north side of 39th street). The entrance to the meeting is at the bookstore.


    Kentucky
    The IC Support of Kentucky
    Group Leader: Cindy Nicholls
    Phone: 859-885-6958 E-mail: [email protected]
    This former ICA volunteer is taking phone support phone calls and is collecting names to start a new group in Kentucky and nearby states, such as Indiana and Ohio. If you're in the area, give her a phone call or email her.

    Louisiana
    NEW! The IC Support Group of Shreveport
    Group Contact: Melinda Whitfield APRN, FNP-BS
    Phone: 318-683-0411, ext 175 E-mail: [email protected]
    Sponsored by Regional Urology LLC meets the 3rd Thursday on an every 3 month basis. Meetings are held at 255 Bert Kouns, Shreveport LA 71106 and includes an IC friendly meal and guests/family members are encouraged and welcome.

    The IC Support Group of Lake Charles
    Group Contact: Jacqueline Daigle E-mail: unavailable
    Phone: 337-588-4586
    This group meets several times a year and serves IC patients in the Lake Charles area of Louisiana. Please contact for the next meeting date.


    Maine
    The IC Support Group of Central Maine
    Group Leader: Brenda Hansen
    Phone: 207-825-4457
    Email: [email protected]
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm at Eastern Maine Medical Center, 2nd floor, in the Forsyth Conference Room. We offer support and education for IC patients and their families. For more information, please contact Brenda at the number above.


    Maryland/DC
    The Baltimore/Washington DC IC Support Group
    P.O. Box 285
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    Group Leader: Tina Nachodsky
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Meetings are held in Laurel, Maryland.
    Website: http://www.baltodcicsupport.com
    Please visit their website for meeting dates & locations. This is an independently organized local group. No dues or fees are required to join.


    Massachusetts
    The IC Support Group of Boston/MetroWest
    Group Leader: Molly Glidden
    Phone: 508-655-4726 E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected].

    The group meets at the Natick Senior Center, 117 East Central St., Natick, MA 01760. Please check with Molly before each meeting to make sure there have not been any changes or cancellations. This dynamic and energetic IC group is growing dramatically. Molly says "Every one of our meetings have brought anywhere from 18 - 25 ICers. There seems to be a real need in Massachusetts for support with this disease. I'm not sure if it's because there are so many more being diagnosed, or that the doctors finally are able to give a proper diagnose. At any rate, thanks again for letting us post on your website our information and dates." For more information, please contact Molly above.


    Michigan


    New! IC & Pelvic Pain Support Group of Port Huron
    Contact person: Sherry Campbell 810-320-0224 or [email protected]
    Meetings: Every other month beginning October 2008
    Please contact for location and time.

    Interstitial Cystitis Support Group of Michiana/St. Joseph
    Contact person: Marcia Koehler 269-429-8860.
    Meetings: Every third Thursday of the month from
    September-May. Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Frederick S. Upton Center, Room #1m Lakeland Health & Healing, 1234 Napier Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085

    The IC Support Group of Royal Oak (William Beaumont Hospital)
    Group Leader: Jane Page
    Phone: (248)549-8445
    E-mail: [email protected]
    This group meets the third thursday of every month except July and December at Beaumont Hospital. Starts at 7pm. Please contact Jane for additional information.

    Southeast Michigan IC Support Group
    Jointly sponsored by University of Michigan Hospital and Henry Ford Health System
    Group Leader: Louise McPhee
    Phone: (734) 464-4513
    E-mail: [email protected]
    We meet at the Henry Ford Medical Center, 6100 Haggerty Road, Canton, MI. Please contact for meeting schedule.

    Interstitial Cystitis Support Group of Traverse City
    Group Leader: Jeri Hansen
    Phone: 231-932-7300
    Meets First Monday of the Month at 1010 Randolph St., Traverse City. Please call for more information.

    Midwest Support Group for IC/Chronic Pelvic Pain
    Angie Powers - 810-694-3813 (home) or 248-321-5692
    Laura Hintz0 989-799-4840
    Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM at the Saginaw Center for Female Urology and Incontinence, 1740 Midland Road, Saginaw MI 48638

    Mississippi
    (05/07) South Mississippi Group Trying To Form
    Please Contact: Bridget Pigeon
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: (601) 796-9933 after 5:00 p.m. (M-F) or leave a message


    Missouri
    New (12/07) The IC/Chronic Bladder Pain Information Center of the Ozarks
    Group Contact: Shelly (417)255-1900 or [email protected]
    We are just getting started but have already gotten a good medical base of IC compassionate professionals here in the Ozark Region. I would like to also help network others throughout Missouri, and Northern Arkansas.

    Greater Kansas City IC Support Group
    Group Contact: Gerri Rathbun 816-252-2566 or [email protected]
    Meets the 2nd Thursday of every other emonth 7-9PM at Rieke Auditorium, Kansas University Medical Center. Contact Gerri 816-252-2566 or KUMN Health Resource Center 913-588-1227

    WISH - Washington Univ. IC Support and Health Education Group
    Group Contact: Bonnie Hana 314-394-0040
    W.I.S.H. meets the third Thursday of every other month at 7PM at Barnes-Jewish Hospital West (Cafeteria Private Dining Room), 12634 Olive Boulevard, St. Lous MO 63141)

    Montana
    The IC Support Group of Flathead Valley (Kalispell)
    Group Leader: Alyson Gregory
    Phone: 406.212.2488
    Please contact for meeting schedule!

    The IC Support Group of Montana
    Group Leader: Dianne Armstrong, RN
    Phone: 406-443-6488
    E-mail: [email protected]
    This former SGL is happy to talk with patients in Montana by phone and to help steer them to local resources. She has a great attitude and is an asset to patients throughout Montana.


    Nebraska
    The IC Support Group of Lincoln
    Group Leader: Deb Vocasek
    Phone: 402.438.1903
    Please call Deb for her meeting schedule.

    Nevada
    Las Vegas IC Support Group
    Group Director: Janelle
    E-mail: [email protected]
    or PM Janelle77362 via this forum.
    The support group meets on the second Wednesday of every quarter in January, March, June, and September between 7:30 and 8:30 PM. The meetings will be held at the Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center on the third floor in suite 330. 100 N. Green Valley Parkway Henderson, NV 89074. Please contact or email for specific meeting dates.

    New Jersey

    IC Support Group of Central New Jersey
    Contact: Michelle Brill
    Phone: 732-390-0422 or Email brillo4[a]aol.com
    Will meet every two months, 7-8:30PM in the CARES Building at St. Peter's University Hospital, 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Health Center for Women: 3rd Floor Conference Room. Call or email for dates!

    North Jersey IC Support Group
    Group Director: Dianne Dragotta
    Phone: 973-343-3687 E-mail: [email protected]
    If you would like to be added to our email list or if you are not sure if your information is current, please contact me. Our support group welcomes newly diagnosed as well as current members to share stories and treatments in a comfortable and inviting setting.

    Our Support Goup has a message board at www.yahoogroups.com under the name NJICSupportGroup. This is a private NJ IC member based yahoo group to communicate and share ideas and for those unable to attend meetings in person.


    New Mexico
    New Mexico IC Support Group
    Group Leader: Teresa McCoy
    Phone: 505-463-2918
    E-mail: [email protected]
    We meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Conference room B at the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, 8300 Constitution Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM. Hospital phone number is (505) 291-2000. For more information or IC support please contact Teresa McCoy at the above number and/or email address.


    New York
    The IC Support Group of Albany
    Group Contacts: Michele Bashaw
    Phone: 518-489-9434
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Bellevue Urology Center, Women's Health Care Plus, 24 Computer Dr. West, Albany NY 12205. This group is sponsored by the Bellevue Urology Center and meets the 2nd Wednesday of the Month, 7-8PM.

    The IC Support Group of New York City
    Group Leader: Ana Mora
    E-mail: [email protected]
    The group meets the third tuesday of every other month. Roosevelt Hospital (59th street and 10th avenue.) 6pm-10 pm, 2nd floor conference room B. Anyone interested in attending should call Ana at 917-359-7867!

    IC Support Group on the Horizon
    Group Leader: Mary Ellen Altieri
    Phone: 631-789-7307 E-mail: unavailable
    Meets First Wednesday of every month at Brunswick Hospital Center, PT Building, 80 Louden Ave., Amityville, NY

    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    Group Contact: Fran Mendelowitz
    Phone: 718-470-3132
    Meets one Sunday a month at Schneider Children's Hospital, Room 254. Please contact Fran for additional information.

    The IC Support Group of Lowville
    Group Contact: Beth Monnat
    Email: [email protected]
    Call Beth at (315) 346-6405 for details.

    The IC Support Group of Rochester
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.freewebs.com/icsgr


    North Carolina
    Burlington IC Support Group
    Group Leaders: Jane Dabbs
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at Burlington Urological, 827 Heather Road, Burlington, NC.

    Western North Carolina IC Support Group (Asheville)
    Group Leader: Nancy Williams
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: (828) 252-5045
    This group will meet on the third Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Bread Company on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. We will meet in the far right hand corner as you enter. The group will not meet in November or December or in snowy weather. Our location may change at a later date.


    Ohio
    The IC Support Group of Cincinnati
    Group Leaders:
    Jean Verbarg: 513-874-3573
    Nancy Hicks: 513-459-1769 [email protected]
    IC Support Group of Cincinnati meets in West Chester, OH at King Lutheran Church, 7393 Dimmick Road. Please contact the group for meeting dates and details.

    The IC Support Group of Columbus
    Group leaders: Tina Gilfilen (614-459-9983) and Joni Herron (614-497-3581)
    email: [email protected]
    Meeting place: Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio Room 149 C&F (Enter through the west side on the Family Life Entrance) Schedule: The second Wednesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.

    The IC Support Group of Lima
    Group Contacts: Jackie, Cheryl or Jaime
    Phone: 419-228-1000 Website: http://www.obgynphy.com/
    Call Dr. Chungs office for meeting details. 1-419-228-1000 or 1-800-27CHUNG

    The IC Support Group of Marion
    Vicki: 740-383-8093 [email][email protected]]
    Meets at the Marion-Smith Clinic the 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8pm. Please contact for additional information.

    The Northeast Ohio IC/PBS Support Network
    Group Leader: Laura Santurri
    Telephone: (330) 608-1830
    E-mail: [email protected]
    The Northeast Ohio IC/PBS Support Network will meets quarterly. Meetings are from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Akron City Hopsital, Idabelle Firestone Building, Classroom B, 41 Arch St., Akron, OH 44314. For more information or to be put on the mailing list, please contact Laura.

    Oklahoma
    New! The IC Support Group of Tulsa
    Group Leader: Barbara Moore
    Phone: 918-402-4381
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Fall Oct. 30, 2008 - "Decreasing Stress During The Holidays"
    Winter Feb. 26th 2009 "How to Survive Allergy Season."
    Spring May 28th 2009 "Nutritional Tips With An IC Diet."




    Oregon
    The IC Support Group of Metro Portland Area
    Group Contact: Holly Hickman
    Phone: (503)232-7219
    Email: [email protected]
    This new IC group is focused on patient support. They will begin "in person" support group meetings in late 2006/early 2007. In the meantime, telephone support is available.


    Pennsylvania
    The IC Support Group of Hookstown
    Group Leader: Georgette Griglia
    113 Johnston Rd.
    Hookstown, PA 15050
    Phone: 724-899-3936
    Georgette is trying to start a new group in the Hookstown area. If you are interested, please give her a call.

    Rhode Island
    The IC Support Groups of Rhode Island
    Contacts: Leslie Grinnell ([email protected])
    Debbie Hooper: 401-738-6507
    Please contact these group leaders for their current meeting schedule and location.

    South Carolina
    The IC Support Groups of South Carolina
    Meetings are coordinated through our e-mail group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/icinsc/

    Tennessee
    IC Support Group in Nashville, Tennessee
    Group Leader: Becky Wilson
    Phone: (615) 582-7335 E-mail: [email protected]
    1101 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37217
    201 Gillespie Drive, (Apt # 14301), Franklin, TN 37067
    Please contact directly for meeting schedule & location.

    Texas
    AUSTIN
    The IC Support Group of Austin
    Group Leader: Roy Gafford
    Phone: (512)258-5840
    E-mail: unavailable
    Meets the second Monday of every month. This group is assisted by Dr. James Reeves and has both an MD and counselor at many meetings.

    DALLAS
    The IC Support Group of Dallas
    Group Leader: Beth Ann McKinney
    Phone: (972) 964-5884
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Meets the first Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Richardson Regional Medical Center, 401 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080. (Medical Office Bldg. 1, Conference Room 2.) If date falls on a holiday, meeting will be held the following Monday. For more information contact Beth Ann McKinney above.

    FORT WORTH
    The Fort Worth IC Support Group
    Group Leader: Wendy Wall
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Please contact for additional information!

    HOUSTON
    PURE HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides extensive IC support activities and events. Please visit their website for additional information. http://www.pure-hope.org

    PURE HOPE
    Cindy Sinclair, President
    [email protected]
    281-599-4656 (Main Number)

    North Chapter
    Tina Dodd
    281-353-8078
    [email protected]

    Medical Center Chapter
    Jennifer Ward
    281-489-0602
    [email protected]

    Novetta Tudor
    713-636-2401
    [email protected]

    LUBBOCK
    New! (09/07) The IC Support Group of Lubbock
    Contact: Wendy Cowan
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Will meet on the third Tuesday of every month at the Wolfforth Library, 508 East Highway 62/82 (Brownfield Highway). Take the access road at 82nd. 6:30-8:00 pm for those that are close enough to make it.

    SAN ANTONIO
    The IC Support Group of San Antonio - Women's Urologic Health Seminar Series -- bladder control, interstitial cystitis, female sexual medicine
    Sponsored by: Urology San Antonio
    Contact: Abbey Forney, Communications Director
    Phone: (210) 582-5666
    E-mail: [email protected]
    We meet the third Wednesday of each month (except December); 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 7718 Pasteur Court. Please visit www.urologysanantonio.com/events to see this month's seminar topic.


    Utah
    IC Support Group of Salt Lake City
    Middleton Urology hopes to begin an IC support group in the near future. However, they are looking for a patient volunteer (or two) who will step forward to help run the group. If you would like to help start one, please contact Edith at: 801-531-9453

    The IC Support Group of Utah
    Group Leader: Lisa Watkins
    email: [email protected]
    cell phone: 801-577-8221.
    Lisa is trying to start the very first support group of Utah and is looking for a co-leader. She welcomes all phone calls. Please contact her for additional information!


    Vermont
    The IC Support Group of Vermont
    Group Leader: Susie Turnau
    Phone: 802-253-1887 Fax: 802-253-9748 E-mail: [email protected]
    This group leader currently takes phone calls and is developing a new list of patients for IC support in this, and nearby, states!


    Virginia


    New! Hampton Roads IC Patient Support Group (Portsmouth)
    Group Contacts: TJ Blount, 757-398-2689 [email protected]
    Cortney Wade, 937-321-1203 [email protected]

    IC Support Group of Winchester
    Group Leader: Kimberly Strawdermam
    Phone: 540-539-3861 E-mail: [email protected]
    Meets monthly at the Winchester Medical Center. For meeting dates and schedule, please contact Kimberly.

    Richmond Area Support Group
    Group Leader: Sabrina Heffington
    Phone: 804-627-0009 E-mail: [email protected]
    This group leader currently would like to organize a Richmond, VA support group meeting. Please call or email if you are interested.


    Washington


    The IC Support Group of Bremerton
    Group Leader: Jeannine Lewis, 360-698-1090 [email protected]
    This group meets the third Saturdsay of every month at 11am to 12:30pm at Harrison Hospital, 2520 Cherry Avenue, Bremerton WA 98310. Main Floor Auditorium.

    The IC Support Group of Yakima
    Group Leader: Sherry Weddle E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: 509-965-9771 or 509-961-8619
    Supported by Yakima Urology Associates, this new group will be held at 6:30-7:30 pm every Tuesday at Providence Memorial Hospital, 110 S 9th Ave in Yakima. For more information, please contact Sherry for additional information!
    The IC Support Group of Federal Way
    Group Leader: Angie Vance
    Phone: 253-925-0368 e-mail: [email protected]
    Sponser: Surgical Associates NW
    Pharmaceutical Sponsers: Dana Anderson, Ortho Womans Health & Urology, Lauree Casey, Bayer Pharmaceuticals
    Location : St. Francis Hospital 34515 9th Ave So
    Federal Way, Wa 98003
    Please call or e-mail for meeting dates and times.

    West Virginia
    The IC Support Group of West Virginia (Morgantown)
    Co-Leader: Christina Werdebaugh
    Phone: 304-594-3949 or 304-692-9199
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Dr. Stanley Zaslau, West Virginia University Hospital, is the group adviser. Please call for additional meeting dates.

    Wisconsin
    Fox Valley IC Support Group
    Karen Sutter (920)731-4835 E-mail: [email protected]
    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of March, June, September and December. Theda Care Medical Center, Memorial Room, 130 2nd Street, Neenah, WI 54956

    Central Wisconsin Support Group
    Katrina Spaeth E-mail: [email protected]
    Jessica Sabec E-mail: [email protected]
    We are starting a support group with the general area of Wisconsin. We have 6 members so far and thinking about meeting in the central or Eastern area of Wisconsin. Anyone wishing to join should email me for places and times of meetings. We may meet in different spots to make it easier for those that have difficulty traveling. Faith, Hope & Love!

    Waukesha Wisconsin Support Group
    Kristine Zinkgraf (262)928-7160
    Our IC support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI. For info, patients can call (262) 928-3500.

    CANADA
    Ontario - Kitchener-Waterloo Interstitial Cystitis Support (KWICS) For meeting details, please visit website: http:www.geocities.com/kw_ics/ Contacts: Ann [email protected] 519-896-1778 Kathy [email protected] 519-570-9045

    Ottawa Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group
    Inga (613-839-6188) or Anne (613-733-5891)
    Meets four times a year in Spring, Summer and Fall.

    *Daytime meetings are to be held in the “Sunshine Room” at City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave. Follow Merivale Rd. south from Baseline Rd.; turn right onto Rossland (opposite Emerald Plaza - there’s a gas station at that corner); proceed to Pender which is on the left, and becomes Epworth.. You will see City View United Church. Go left into the parking lot and use the central door to the church. Parking is free.

    **The Citizen Building is located at 1101 Baxter Road. From the Queensway, get off at the Pinecrest/Greenbank* exit and head south (Greenbank). Just over the Queensway bridge turn left onto Iris. Proceed past the back of the Ikea Mall, and turn left onto Baxter. Free parking is available at the Citizen Building lot and adjacent roads. Use the main entrance door. The security guard will direct you to the meeting room
    .

    Please note that these groups are not affiliated with the IC Network. They function as independent groups. We remind everyone that support groups, group leaders or participants cannot give you personal medical advice. Their function is to provide personal support and to provide information on the many different options available for IC treatment and self care. If you attend a group and hear information on a treatment that you would like to try, please research that treatment carefully and discuss it with your personal medical care provider. Only that doctor can and should give you medical advice.
    Last edited by SharonA; 08-18-2009, 10:28 AM. Reason: deleted IC&PelvicPainSupportGroupofOrmondBeach as requested by Group Contact person
    Would you like to talk with someone about your IC struggles? The ICN now offers personal coaching sessions that include myself, Julie Beyer RD on the diet and Dr. Heather Howard on Sexuality. http://www.icnsales.com/icn-personal-coaching/

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    South Central ILL IC Group location & date changes

    Howdy to everyone,

    I would like to annouce the changes to the South Central Illinois IC Group, effective May 1st. Location has changed from Centralia, IL St Mary's Hospital to Mt Vernon, IL St Mary's Hospital. The dates have also changed. We are trying to get the second Thursday of even months (June, August, October, etc.). For the rest of the year our dates are as follows: June 12th, August 14th and October 16th. The December meeting will be a holiday meeting at a local restaurant. The time has stayed the same at 6:30 pm - 8:00pm. We will be using the Classroom number 2 with bathrooms close by. I have not been to this hospital yet in person, so when I know the area more I will post the information. The reason for these changes are trying to better suit the members with different meeting nights and closer location. If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail at [email protected] or call and leave me a message at 618-925-4017. Thank you and keep your hopes up, Angie

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    • #3
      ATTN: Support group leaders!

      If you run an IC support group (or even attend a support group meeting), you may at some point decide to make up a Welcome Kit (folder or binder) for new members. Aside from including IC info and printouts there, I also wanted to let you know that if you contact AZO, they will send you coupons for AZO Standard to include in the welcome kits. They even sent us free samples along with the coupons! We just went to their website and sent them and email letting them know what we were doing, and they sent us TONS of coupons/samples for our Welcome Packets!

      Welcome packets can be as simple as a folder, or you can put it in a binder. Things that can be put in the welcome kit include (but arent limited to) the following:

      1) a link for this website

      2) names of IC knowledgable Drs in our area,

      3) printouts with info about IC (We also include a section in the binders on flare coping stratagies.)

      4) coupons and rebate info we printed off the internet for common IC meds (both Rx and OTC ) We also include the link to the website so they can look for others that they take. ( http://www.freeinternetcoupons.com )

      5) a copy of the IC diet and several recipes,

      6) some OTC antacid samples, and Prelief samples, etc. (We got these from our Drs who still had some, b/c when we contacted Prelief, they said they dont have samples anymore, though they did send us a ton of coupons to include in the welcome packets. )

      7) brochures about IC including the one by Elmiron with the PUF questionairre. (You can get these from the Elmiron sales reps.)

      8) sample pages for keeping a voiding diary, pain diary, sleep diary, and to keep track of the IC Diet.

      9) List of recommended IC books (especially helpful if your group doesnt have a lending library for IC books.)

      10) Free calanders and fridge magnets from local pharmacies.

      Remember, the more info you include, the better, since alot of members may be older or may not have internet access, so other than their Drs. office, this will be the only place many of them will get any IC information.


      Oh! One more thing! If your group is sponserd by a Dr, try to have him/her put you in touch with several of the Pharmacuetical sales reps. Our Elmiron rep gave us LOTS of really nice brochures for the packets, that include the one with the PUF questionairre, and many more brochures that are great additons to the packets. (The PUF questionairres are helpful to have on hand for ICers to be able to take again after they have started treatment as a good way to gauge how well the meds/treatments are helpiing them.) Many reps may even offer seed money for when you are starting a support group. (We had several offers.) Some of them are also great sources for guest speakers (for example the Elmiron rep.) Our reps have even offered to cater a few meetiings with IC friendly foods! Some reps have also been known to bring/send some nice freebies like totes, pens, etc. (We never asked for ANYTHING but coupons, samples of OTC things made by their company, or for them to be a guest speaker if needed, (like the Elmiron rep). The rest are things they just offered, when we contacted them and told them what we were doing.)

      Hope this will help someone out there who is just starting a group (or thinking of starting one), or someone who is interested in doing a Welcome packet for new members.
      I am not a medical professional. I do not give medical advice. In all cases, I urge you to talk to your Dr. about your treatment options.

      D/Xed 2003 with IC. Also have the co-existing condtions of VV, Vulvadynia, Lupus, Fibro, GERD, CPP, Endo, & Adhesions, and Depression

      Meds: Estrogel (due to total Hyster)
      The meds r/xed by my Pain Dr. from the Pain Clinic are as follows: Morphine ER and IR, Baclofen, and Lyrica and Seroquel (used off-label as a sleeping pill, but it also helps with depression)


      (I listed my meds in case someone reading this has been told like so many ICers that Drs dont r/x pain meds for IC.) I want you to know that there ARE tons of us who are also dealing w/this disease and the pain and many of us ARE on pain meds.)


      John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

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      • #4
        And, of course, you can print out and/or use most of the content of this website and our e-newsletter! We also donate books to new support groups AND can give your group members a volume discount if you want to buy any ICN shop resources in bulk. http://www.icnsales.com

        Jill
        Would you like to talk with someone about your IC struggles? The ICN now offers personal coaching sessions that include myself, Julie Beyer RD on the diet and Dr. Heather Howard on Sexuality. http://www.icnsales.com/icn-personal-coaching/

        Looking for books, magazines & reports on IC? Please visit the ICN Shop at: http://www.icnsales.com: Your ICN subscription & purchases in our shop support these message boards, chats and special events. BECOME AN ICN ANGEL TODAY!

        Please remember that the information on the ICN is provided with the understanding that ICN, its founder, staff, volunteers, and participants are not engaged in rendering medical or professional medical services. We cannot and do not give medical advice. Only your personal physician can do this for you.






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        • #5
          Jill,
          Thank you so much for helping to advertise our first mini-conference!! YOur help was where several heard about it!
          (I did send an e-mail with this update but it may have be lost, in all the contacts you receive!)

          And anyone in Missouri and Arkansas. We now have our own website and a new name. We are now MOARK IC, at www.moarkic.com :woohoo:
          You can help us to network patients and medical practioners throughout Missouri and Arkansas. Since our conference two support groups have begun with MOARK, one in West Plains, MO and one in Springfield. I have two more interested in starting as well!

          You can connect with others in the region, and learn about any small groups getting together closer to you through our website, or you can feel free to contact me directly! Togther we can make a difference here in Missouri and Arkansas, a:grouphug/ Hope to see you on the site soon!

          (We do also have patient packs for those who missed the conference or lived to far away.. contact me directly for more info. on that!)

          Shelly Matthewson
          Private Researcher
          Director of MOARK Interstitial Cystitis
          www.moarkic.com
          [email protected]
          or call me at 417-255-1903
          "And we know that all things work together for
          good to them that love God, to them who are the
          called according to His purpose."Romans8:28
          Shelly Matthewson
          Private Researcher
          IC Support Group Leader
          Director of MOARK Interstitial Cystitis
          www.moarkic.com

          Also diagnosed with Meduallary Sponge Kidney Disease, with many kidney stones and chronic infection, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, and
          PFD

          "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

          In His hands even IC (MSK, PCS etc.) can be a blessing and an opportunity to serve Him by help others. It is my heart to help others and to network patients and medical practitioners in Missouri and Arkansas!!

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          • #6
            group in ny for ic and pfd

            dr moldwin is putting a support group together in new hyde park ny. its sunday march 29th, 9am-12pm. let me know if anyone is interested so i can give you the info, they are trying to keep track of how many people are going to attend. they especially want men, and women 18-25 due to the rise of young women being diagnosed, but of course all are welcome.
            Jenn


            IC, endometriosis, vulvodynia, PFD, kidney stones, migraines, chronic uti's, ovarian cysts, seizures.

            Meds:
            Elmiron 300mg a day
            a day)
            Singulair 10mg a day
            Seasonale

            Prevacid OTC
            Xanax-helps pain at times.

            too many pills for my age!!!







            "If it wasn't this it would be something else"

            "There's a happiness to be gained from being able to accept that there are some things that cannot be changed."






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            • #7
              Support Group Cancelled

              IC & Pelvic Pain Support Group of Ormond Beach, FL cancelled due to lack of participation.



              ~Claudia
              May you have pain-free days and restful nights.

              ~Claudia

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              • #8
                Jill, THANK YOU so much for the info. I just emailed our local IC support group for more information.

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