Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Stephanie Galliano, Independent Designer with Origami Owl

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) At A Glance

  • Experts estimate that interstitial cystitis (IC) affects about 3 to 8 million women and 1 million men in the US. {That's more than the number of people with breast cancer, autism, and Alzheimer's combined!} However, these figures may significantly underestimate the true prevalence of the condition. IC can affect anyone. Women, men, and children of any age or race can develop IC.

  • On average, it may take up to 5 years to receive a correct diagnosis of IC.

  • In the US, the mean yearly costs for treating IC are more than double those of other patients ($7,100 versus $2,994) and the median yearly costs are close to 4 times greater ($5,000 versus $1,304).

  • Research has shown that an IC patient's quality of life can be worse than that of patients undergoing renal dialysis for end-stage kidney disease.

  • Pelvic pain resulting from IC can be so severe that many people with IC abstain from all sexual activity.

  • Some people with IC have a greater risk of developing certain related disorders, such as food and seasonal allergies, pelvic floor dysfunction, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • While today there is no cure or uniformly effective treatment for IC, there are treatments that alleviate IC symptoms.

  • More research is needed to understand all aspects of IC, including variations in treatment response.

ALL SALES of the Teal Ribbon Charm will be donated to ICA through!

HOW: $5 per charm = $5 donation. Shop online at + ALL SALES of the teal ribbon charm from August 22nd, 2012 through 11:59pm CST on September 30th, 2012 will be donated to ICA. Once your order has been submitted, please email me at with your name + order # so I can confirm your teal ribbon purchase has been noted. I have created some Living Lockets with charms, dangles, + plates that are symbolic of the journey of an IC-sufferer.

WHY: A dear friend of mine is struggling through her own silent survivorship with IC. While thoughts, prayers, + kind words can help, what IC patients really need is research funding... there must be a way to ease or end the suffering. Purchase a teal ribbon charm for your Living Locket + help me to help millions of people living each day with an unknown disease.

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Please note this special donation is sponsored by Stephanie Galliano, Independent Designer with Origami Owl. The $5 donation will only be recognized on purchases made through or by placing an order through Stephanie personally. All contact information is listed below for your convenience. Any purchases made through the corporate Origami Owl site are not eligible for the donation. Fundraiser runs from August 22nd, 2012 through 11:59pm CST on September 30, 2012.

Stephanie Galliano, Independent Designer with Origami Owl

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Disclaimer: The statements expressed herein are those of Stephanie Galliano and do not necessarily represent the views of Origami Owl.