I am well aware my post is going to be different, and that it may not catch the attention of some people all too well. I am still going to continue on now. I am trying to raise awareness of a certain medical condition, chronic illness, disability called interstitial cystitis.(IC) It is also called painful bladder syndrome, PBS, and bladder pain syndrome, BPS. It is more well known that it had been when I was diagnosed, by cystoscopy with hydrodistention, back in 1997. Besides, it was still being called a women's disease, but it does effect men and children as well. The statistics were showing 90% female and 10% male, but I have seen 70% female and 30% male by now. (if not 60%-40%) It is possible to have IC without experiencing pain.(like my case) Also, IC can vary from one person to the next and from one day to the next. Regardless, September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month. (and Pain Awareness Month) Interstitial cystitis is real. Interstitial cystitis is not a joke. Have you got urinary frequency? How about urgency? Do you ever experience bladder pain and/or pressure? If so, then you might have IC. It often accompanies other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia as well.