My name is Elisabeth Yaotani, founder of IC Wellness and author of the newly released books, How I Got My Life Back; My Journey with Interstitial Cystitis and The Complete IC Diet Cookbook. My passion is empowering others with the knowledge, tools, and motivation they need to live a healthy and pain-free life.
At the age of 29, I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC), a painful bladder condition with no hope of a cure. The prospect of living the rest of my life in chronic pain was devastating. My quality of life quickly started to diminish as I struggled with my health. Over the next decade, I endeavored to make life as normal as possible for my three children and husband. However, the daily pain was at times debilitating. As I struggled with symptoms that ranged from bladder pain and migraines to candida overgrowth, hives, food intolerances, digestive issues, and allergies, I desperately sought out doctors and treatments that could help. These only left me with chronic pain and deeper debt. Conventional medicine offered me symptom management at best. At worst, I was still left fighting my own body on a daily basis.
That’s when I decided to take my health into my own hands. I researched and exhausted every path that presented itself in an effort to get my life back. With western medicine offering little hope, I began exploring alternatives, and finally found the answers I needed in functional medicine. Only when I started to understand my body as an integrated whole could I truly address the root cause of my illness. After eleven long years, I was finally able to send my IC into remission.
Today, I am healthy, strong, active, and in the best shape of my life. I no longer live with the restraints that once held me captive, and I am once again able to enjoy foods that used to leave me writhing in pain because of IC. Better yet, I am able to care for my family the way my heart longed to, which now includes three grown children, two son-in-laws, and three precious grandchildren. I created this website as a resource for those who are desperately searching for answers, those who have tried conventional medicine only to be left feeling disappointed, confused, and powerless. You have the power to stop your suffering, and I am here to help.
Through this website, you will find the information you need to take control of your health and get your life back. You are not alone! My hope is that you will be encouraged and inspired to join me in this fight. Together, we can turn the chronic health crisis on its head and say goodbye to pain once and for all.