The impact of chronic illness on an individual’s life is profound, affecting physical, social, and vocational functioning. Incurring and living with illness can dramatically alter an individual’s life trajectory, challenging identity and ideas of the future. The illness itself can be physically and psychologically traumatic. Vulnerability to trauma increases when individuals have poor preexisting coping mechanisms and with illness severity. In this paper, we discuss interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), a disabling chronic pain condition with no known cure.

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