Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic bladder condition affecting 4 to 12 million people in the US. We often say that interstitial cystitis is as hard to say as it is to live with. Trouble saying interstitial cystitis? It is also called IC, painful bladder syndrome (PBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), and chronic pelvic pain (CPP).
Interstitial cystitis (in-ter-stish-uhl sĭ-stī’tĭs), or as we call it, IC, is a condition that consists of recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go).
It happened to be a long cold winter evening in Colorado when I was in a Interstitial Cystitis ( IC )” Flare ” which is hard to handle most days but that night was different I had to keep my mind busy. My mind as with the body can flare. I was coping not……… living! Next to the couch I had my crochet needles and yarn, boy did I ever have yarn so I grabbed some green yarn and set out to make a Stoner Bear! I had seen a Stoner Bear he did not seem much fun nor was he cute. Sitting on my heating pad I crocheted late that night and it helped to keep my mind busy and creating is my thing, its what I do best in that moment I needed my best.
I was in the legal state of cannabis so why not? I had never made a teddy bear after forty years of crocheting so I had an idea of a teddy bear that was funny, giggling and most of all helping another sick person not to be so alone……. With chronic pain due to any illness there is a terrible feeling of being alone. This Stoner Teddy Bear would make people laugh and make them feel not so alone because as we all know stoners dont like to smoke alone!!
And thus Bob the Stoner Bear was created From Pain!! The first view of Bob was from a neighbor who was a instant ” OMG CAN I HAVE HIM ” ?!…….. WoW! My mom always said every Doll has a owner. I almost gave Bob to my Neighbor but he said he would not take the prototype. Now I was on to something. I named him Bob. Bob The Stoner Bear.
A few months ago I was a little down and made my first IC Teddy Bear to lift my spirits. Yet again a lot of people wanted the IC Teddy Bear! Next I think I am going to make a Breast Cancer Teddy Bear and maybe a Healing Teddy Bear. Every one of the Teddy Bears that I make are Made with a lot of Love and a lot of Pain. Now I share with you.