I am hoping to share this story of healing interstitial cystitis naturally on here with my Raw Soul community to inspire and motivate you to seek healing from the inside out. If you have any questions about my mom’s story, or need ideas on how to accomplish what she did, please let me know in the comments below! The story below is quoted, with minor editing, directly from my mama’s words.

She suffered from a condition called Interstitial Cystitis (IC), a bladder disease that feels like a urinary tract infection in terms of the pain. She details more below about the condition and her healing interstitial cystitis naturally.

To watch my YouTube interview with my mom, where she tells her story in detail, go here:

Healing Interstitial Cystitis Naturally: My Mother’s Story

Nobody can understand your pain better than a former IC patient. My story is no different than everybody’s. I was diagnosed more than 12 years ago, went through all the available medicine like elmiron , bladder instillations, etc. I was in unbearable pain, not being able to sleep and spending my nights in the bathroom, I was stuck at home, not ever going out and thought that my life is over, until I understood that nobody can help me, and I need to do it myself. My family is very supportive family. My husband and my daughter helped me a lot.
More than 4 years ago I decided to start cleansing and have done a long water fast (28 days on water only). Since nobody could explain to me the roots of IC, I was consumed by the notion that it’s just a toxic overload that attacks the weakest body organs, in our case – the bladder. I have done this fast at home all by myself , unsupervised, and it can be dangerous. It was a very brutal and horrific experience. The first 3 days I spent in the bathroom, not sleeping (not even for 10 minutes!), shaking from a sharp pain (I felt like razors are going through my bladder and urethra) and developing a high fever. I was nauseous the whole time. I had a hard time drinking enough water. This probably made me dehydrated.

Yes, I went through hell. It was incredibly painful , but I got better after that. However, not perfect, not cured. My IC symptoms dramatically subsided, but I still had lots of healing to do. After the water fast I went on a 99% raw vegan diet with lots of green juices and green smoothies daily. It’s been more than 3 years since, I am feeling wonderful, very happy and absolutely pain free.
Obviously, my bladder has shrank during the years of my suffering. Thus, I needed to urinate more than a healthy person does. But I feel that my bladder capacity is getting better and better every day. I drink lots of water during the day (2 to 3 liters), plus citrus and green juices. (Yes, I can have any citrus fruit I want now; every IC patient knows that is impossible when you are sick). And I need to go to the bathroom only once at night, sometimes I sleep through the night. I don’t watch my diet anymore (as long as it’s raw vegan). I can eat any fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds I want, and potassium content does not matter anymore. I can go out, travel and live a normal life again.
My diet is evolving all the time. I started from raw vegan gourmet food as a transitional diet, and now I am on a cleaner 80/10/10 diet. You can do it too, I strongly believe it!
I’ve never told my story before. But it was bugging me that so many people need help and I am keeping this to myself. If I can help even one person, if somebody out there is willing to work hard in order to heal herself or himself , I will be so happy!

Healing Interstitial Cystitis Naturally: The Diet

Through my mom’s story of healing interstitial cystitis naturally, she got our entire family to go raw vegan. And today, I help people transition to raw veganism, or add more whole fresh plant foods to their diet. If you have any questions about what my mom did to get better, please post down below. We are both so hopeful that her story will change people’s lives! 

Healing interstitial cystitis naturally is a gradual journey. You can start by trying out some of the recipes on my FREE 10-day Learn Raw Vegan Refresh. It is a raw vegan challenge, where you get free meal plans, recipes, and support daily:

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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.