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Sharing and Caring: VIRTUAL IC/BPS Support Group
The ICA in collaboration with past Board Co-Chair, Barb Zarnikow, hosted a highly interactive and engaging Virtual IC/BPS Support Group event on Friday, September 15th. This event served as a focal point during IC Awareness Month, offering a platform for registered participants to voice their concerns and engage in productive discussions related to interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS).
Barb Zarnikow, a dedicated volunteer, facilitated the hour-long session. Her compassionate approach ensured that participants felt at ease throughout the event. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by IC/BPS patients, Barb navigated the discussion, creating a safe space for attendees to share their experiences, ask questions, and seek support from their peers.
The support group covered a wide range of topics that were of particular interest and relevance to IC/BPS patients. From managing symptoms and treatment options to sharing coping strategies and success stories, the group delved into various aspects of living with the condition. Participants were encouraged to actively participate, contributing their insights and offering support to fellow attendees.
The virtual nature of the event allowed participants from all across the country to partake in this valuable support group. Attendees not only benefited from Barb Zarnikow’s expertise but also formed connections with fellow IC/BPS patients, helping them feel less isolated in their journey. Many participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to be part of such a supportive community.
The Virtual IC/BPS Support Group organized by the ICA and led by Barb Zarnikow was a resounding success, leaving participants feeling empowered, validated, and less alone in their battle against IC/BPS. The event showcased the power of compassion, empathy, and a supportive community in navigating the complexities of living with chronic conditions.