I help people with Interstitial Cystitis
(IC) to lessen symptoms by identifying their unique dietary triggers.
I help clients go from a life full of painful IC symptoms to decrease their symptoms and heal their bladder through identifying personal trigger foods. I can teach you how to eat without unnecessary restriction. IC is not a death sentence - we just need to work to make your bladder healthy!
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Hi! I'm Callie, a Registered Dietitian based in PA.
I have suffered from IC since I was very young. I remember being in grade school and I would hold my bladder until I got home because I knew I would be in pain and did not want to face it at school. I first spoke up to my mother about it when I was in high school. I then fell into a rollercoaster ride of emotions as I was shuffled back and forth between doctors who did not know what was wrong with me.
Fast forward to college and I had tried every treatment method available at the time. I had to be my own advocate because doctors would just toss me to the side. I felt alone and like I couldn't talk to my friends or family about my bladder pain because it was such a "taboo" topic. Once I realized a lot of my symptoms could be alleviated through my diet, I entered the field of nutrition in hopes of to eventually helping others suffering from the same condition.
Thanks to the Road To Remission program, I now understand how to use an elimination diet to identify my unique triggers. I found I can tolerate so many foods and beverages that I thought I had to give up forever because of this diagnosis. Callie has taught me to never give up and to keep going despite the obstacles. IC can be overwhelming by yourself and others need to have Callie on their team. She has helped me so much in understanding how to solve my IC "puzzle".
Callie makes me feel brave to try new foods and gets me excited to cook again.
If I need a little push to try a new food or supplement, she is just a text away and immediately gives me confidence to go for it. My favorite part about my time with Callie is that I finally have hope instead of despair with this illness. I trust her expertise and experience, and she has helped me so much!
Before working with Callie, I wasn’t able to leave my house to go grocery shopping. Now I’m able to go run errands, visit family and participate in social functions without pain or worrying. My frequency and urgency has improved a lot since beginning the Road To Remission program. I used to use the bathroom 12-15 times per night and now I’m down to only 1-3 times per night!