Instead of Interstitial Cystitis becoming a curse for me it has become a life-changing gift.  I was devastated and angry when first diagnosed in 1983.  Then I was relieved to have a name for what plagued my every waking minute and interrupted my sleep.   In-between potty breaks I decided to fight rather than give up.  I went back to school and got my Master’s degree in Social Work.  I opened a holistic private practice and began to counsel among others, “IC” patients offering them hope and encouragement.  Creative ways to deal with pain emerged.
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I began to meditate and ended up doing my doctoral dissertation on the positive effects of meditation for those in recovery from alcohol and drugs.  Instead of focusing on what I could not eat or do I looked for methods to enhance my palate and expand my physical limitations.  Each time a new ICA Update arrived I immediately sat down and read it entirely looking for nuggets of information to add to my repertoire of coping tools.  I was not disappointed. 

Years ago I started support groups as an ICA volunteer in South Carolina and had the privilege to travel to other states to offer assistance to their coordinators.  Instead of wallowing in “ain’t it awful,” I looked for how my situation could be used to my advantage.  Along the path other conditions surfaced, which I thought originally were related to IC and now research is showing probable connections.  These included IBS, allergies, Fibromyalgia, Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis, and food intolerances.  With each added diagnosis I educated my health practitioners about the development and kept them informed.  The result was they now look to me for updated information.  They refer patients to me for support. 

My story does not end there.  Last year I went through a divorce, was diagnosed with colon cancer, and a blocked right carotid artery.  Two surgeries within seven days and a two-week hospitalization took its toll on my already compromised body.  Instead of whining about my situation I used the tools IC had taught me.  I wrote articles, research papers, and journaled as the release for my anxiety and fear.  I called on my support network of other IC patients to check on me and pray for me.  They rallied around me as I had them in their “dark night of the soul.” 

Here I am one year later and have added two more diagnoses to my growing list.  They are Chronic Lyme’s disease and Heavy Metal Toxicity.  The literature references a possible connection to my IC and cancer.  Once again my writing afforded me the opportunity to publish an article in an on-line journal for social workers.

Now disabled, I have the time to rest, to write, to read all the research, and to educate patients and health practitioners alike.  I am more centered, aware of my body, alert to changes in it, open to new techniques, and hopeful that research will bring us the knowledge of what can be done to lessen our pain and treat this all-encompassing condition.  May you breathe deeply and rest in the assurance that you are not alone. 

Melanie Barton

2/22/2012 13:08:17

what a great story. I, too, have a website (listed above) on IC. I am so glad that we now have the resources of the internet to help those of us who suffer.

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4/22/2014 06:31:18

In this article My business is one year later on and also have added two a lot more diagnoses for you to the developing listing. They are Continual Lyme’s ailment and also Heavy metal and rock Toxicity. This literature sources some sort of probable link with the IC and also cancer malignancy. Again the creating given everyone the chance to publish an article in the on-line record for cultural workers.

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9/11/2014 04:00:15

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5/18/2014 22:51:04

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4/20/2012 08:32:31

Teresa, I am empathize with what you have gone through. Have you listened to my radio show and all the episodes related to IC? Have you been tested for Lyme? There is often that as well in our bodies. My radio show can be accessed by www.voiceamerica.com/show/1929/the-dr-melanie-show and off to the right is the list of shows. Keep in touch and keep your chin up. Dr. Melanie

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9/17/2012 00:55:06

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I am glad you like the blog. I hope you will come back often and also sign up for my newsletter. Thank you.

teresa
4/23/2013 01:02:45

I dont have lyme disease; simply IC. am greatful for for the time you give to IC.

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5/12/2012 14:32:05

My 20 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with IC. I am convinced that it is from the mercury hiding in her tissues. She had a tetanus vaccine last year when she fell at the roller skating rink. I am an autism mom, researcher, and expert and I am very familiar with the harm vaccines can cause some people. My daughter has also suffered from dysbiosis at a very young age. When there is no acid in the stomach the body cannot make glutathione. I learned this from Dr. Tennant, author of "Healing Is Voltage."
I would appreciate any advice you can give me . All three of my daughters have had their health compromised by the vaccines. My youngest was diagnosed PDD-NOS at age 11. She is now 16. She was off the charts in copper, magnesium, and very high in manganese.

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5/12/2012 21:16:22

I take a product from Max International that raises my glutathione level. I have had tremendous results including not needing my IC meds that I have been on since 1983. You can go look at the information. Go to the storefront tab and click on the drmelanie.max4u.com banner and it will take you to the website. Read the research and let me know what questions I can answer. I would be happy to talk to you on the phone about it.

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5/14/2012 12:24:34

As I researched autism I became aware of the role glutathione plays in the body. I was introduced to max products through my Defeat Autism Now Dr. in the fall of 2009. I joined the company once I saw how raising glutathione levels transformed my youngest daughter. Subsequently it got the heavy metals out of my brain as well. I am still in Max but Max also lead me to Kangen water, through Dr. Corrine Allan. The balance of alkalinity and acidity is another piece to the health puzzle.

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5/22/2012 12:51:11

Mary, I am so glad you too understood the role that both Max and Kangen play in helping us get better. I would love to talk more with you about this and maybe put your testimony in my newsletter. Let me know how to reach you. You can email me at drmelaniebarton@gmail.com. Thanks, Dr. Melanie

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7/14/2012 17:05:36

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2/28/2013 08:35:04

Please listen to my radio show to hear of other people's stories about overcoming their health issues.

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2/28/2013 08:31:18

Joshua, thanks for commenting. Please tell me more about what you mean by press release to article directories.

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teresa linton
2/28/2013 12:13:44

no lyme disease melanie. yes i have listened to your shows on ic thank you for paying attention to a problem that is largely ignored.

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2/28/2013 15:06:36

Teresa, please email me so we can talk more. drmelaniebarton@gmail.com. Thanks,

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Teresa, I am empathize with what you have gone through. Have you listened to my radio show and all the episodes related to IC? Have you been tested for Lyme? There is often that as well in our bodies. My radio show can be accessed by www.voiceamerica.com/show/1929/the-dr-melanie-show and off to the right is the list of shows. Keep in touch and keep your chin up. Dr. Melanie

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4/5/2016 16:50:31

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