I’ve had interstitial cystitis since the middle 90s. At first I didn’t know what it was, and I never went to a doctor because I was into spiritual healing. However, after many years this problem didn’t yield. I knew it was cystitis because a friend of mine had it and described her symptoms to me. At the time, I thought it was ordinary cystitis (which is a bacterial infection), but after doing some research on the internet, I realized that what I had was IC…a chronic, incurable bladder inflammation, according to medical opinion. Along with the IC I also had allergies, bloating in my midsection (making my breathing labored) and a tendency to blocked ears. My feet also felt numb. As time went on, I lost weight, and along with it my strength. I was going out less and less, and finally I lost my sense of balance. I was spending all my time sitting on my bed, and I’m sure this contributed to that problem. Both of my ears were blocked, and I could barely hear. Finally I reached a point, around three years ago, where I stopped going out of my apartment entirely. I was doing a lot of online research to find a solution to my problems, and one day I ran across Steve Ozanich’s book, The Great Pain Deception-Faulty Medical Advice is Making us Worse. The title appealed to me because I’d always had a certain distrust and suspicion when it came to doctors and medicine. I read the book, and for the first time in decades I felt a sense of hope. Steve’s story of his own healing was so powerful and convincing, I started to believe that I could be healed, too. I began putting the ideas in his book into practice, and I also read Dr. John Sarno’s book Healing Back Pain. Right away I began to feel better. But after some time went by, I began thinking that I was trying too hard with all the exercise I was doing, so I started focusing more on emotional issues. Then, after awhile, I got caught up in watching videos by a certain spiritual teacher and neglected my TMS work—until I realized that I was feeling really bad, really weak, and not at all like I’d been feeling when I started the work. Wake-up call! I got back into the books right away and immediately felt better. I found this website, too, and am so glad for that. So I’m not really on my first day of putting TMS work into practice, but today is my first day of the Structured Educational Program. My major obstacle is that after spending so much time indoors I’ve developed a resistance to going out that’s very strong. I tried going out a couple of times, but I was so off-balance (I also have double vision) that I nearly fell, so I gave it up. I’d have to say that right now the issue of not being able to go out is my Waterloo, so I’d be happy to hear any ideas about how I might overcome this. The outside world seems like another planet to me now, and of course my vision problems make it worse. One bright light, though, is that my hearing has been restored and is now sharper than it has ever been. I’m 74 years old, by the way.