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Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome, affects approximately 4 million women and men in the U.S. It is characterized by urinary frequency, urgency, and bladder and pelvic pain in the absence of infection. It is a chronic disease for which there is no cure. The cause is still unknown.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, "The emotional support of family, friends, and other people with IC/PBS is very important in helping patients cope. Studies have found that people who learn about the disorder and become involved in their own care do better than people who do not".
The IC Support Group of Central New Jersey is in its sixth successful year. Meetings are held every other month at Saint Peters University Hospital CARES building. Anyone suffering from IC is welcome. Often family members or friends come along as it is so important for them to learn about the condition and to understand how they can help. Meetings are free and run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A wide range of guest speakers present current information on medical treatment, stress management, physical therapy, diet modifications, and other topics.
The remaining 2012 dates are: October 9th and December 18th.
Dates for 2013 are: February 19th, April 23rd, June 18th, August 20th, October 15th and December 17th.
Please contact Michelle Brill, Support Group Leader at email@example.com or 732-390-0422 if you would like to attend a meeting and for further information.
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