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    Interstitial Cystitis:

    A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing!

    by Tracy Alexis, Ph.D.


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  • About the Author

    Tracy Alexis, PhD, is an IC, fibromyalgia, and breast cancer survivor. Her formal background and education is in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. As her personal testament to this book, the last five years of Tracy’s life (2015-2019) have been lived totally and completely free of all IC and fibromyalgia symptoms. To schedule individual self-advocacy consults or to engage Dr. Alexis professionally, please email: drtracyalexis@gmail.com.

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    Tracy Alexis, Ph.D.

    Tracy Alexis is an IC, fibromyalgia and breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis as the result of a horrific motor vehicle accident (in 2009) which resulted in a complete bladder death a year later. Not being able to void is a scary feeling! Fortunately, a very savvy physician was able to identify that her 10-month recurring urinary tract infections were more than just UTIs and this diagnostician arranged for Tracy’s extensive bladder testing and treatment within a female-centric research hospital which resulted her diagnosis of IC.


    Tracy’s IC diagnosis lead to a regular treatment regime of bladder instillations, as well as to a treating physician’s invitation for her to participate in a focus group with urologists and other IC patients to share information as well as to discover more about IC. Through participation in the focus group, Tracy learned that every IC sufferer’s experiences are unique. Some IC sufferers experience much more severe pain, and with great frequency, than and others experience less pain and/or less frequent pain.


    Along with mainstream medicine’s enlightened position that IC is “incurable,” Tracy was impelled to heal her body from the inside to the outside and began extensive research, while keeping a diary of her treatments, her research revelations and her step-by-step healing journey, turning it all into her book which is tailored to help everyone – from those with mild symptoms to those who suffer paralyzing IC symptoms.


    Tracy relied upon the training she received pursuing her education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to set up her single-case experimental designs (made famous by B.F. Skinner) of healing her body. Skinner’s admonishment to scientists and researchers was to look for the unusual outcomes in research - the anomalies – and follow those unusual outcomes because that is where real science is hidden. And, thankfully, Skinner was right!


    While mainstream medicine doesn’t even know what causes IC and even less how to successfully treat it, following Skinner’s research instructions ultimately healed Tracy’s IC. Completely!


    One endorser of her book refers to Tracy as a “medical super hero” for going through her pain, her suffering, the twisted route of her treatments and sharing it all with her readers.


    Tracy’s book, Interstitial Cystitis: A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing! was written to provide hope and healing for those who suffer from a debilitating disease today’s providers say is incurable.



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    Interstitial Cystitis:

    A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing!

    by Tracy Alexis, Ph.D.

  • Excerpt

    INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS: A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing!

  • Reviews

    Aaron Kaufman, DO

    Albuquerque, NM

    "Dr. Alexis' book is powerful documentation of her intense journey to discover pain relief and a cure from a disease that mainstream medicine knows little about, yet considers incurable. Her journey is rich with insights that led to a multi-faceted approach which buoyed her back into wellness. Her strong insistence on appropriateness and justice on her path to get what she needed makes this book a "Must Read." She leaves a trail of tools and cogent points of view to help the reader self-advocate and navigate the hurdles and red tape of today's insurance system. This book is an important milestone in the evolution and treatment of this devastating disease and can serve as a "how to" template for anyone confronting critical health issues in America.”

    Grace E. Jackson, M.D.

    Sedona, AZ

    “Tracy Alexis is a medical Super Hero! In this powerful book filled with essential information. Dr. Alexis not only presents her personal experience of how she achieved remission from Interstitial Cystitis within five years, but also explains how she navigated the Scylia and Charybdis (between two equally perilous alternatives) of commercial insurance bureaucracy, medical negligence, and “Support Group” stagnation. Readers will certainly learn about interstitial cystitis, and its effective and ineffective interventions - but perhaps more importantly, they will learn how one patient’s indomitable spirit and curiosity propelled a successful journey of healing. I predict this story will motivate, inspire, and hopefully, transform the lives of patients and medical professionals alike.”

    David Wales Pharm.D, RPh

    Albuquerque, NM

    “Dr. Alexis has produced a thoroughly comprehensive and intimate portrait of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) for which I am grateful. Her clarity of vision has fanned away the fog that has kept this condition in obscurity and brought it into the daylight. A decade and a half as a pharmacist has not given me the kind of detailed knowledge that this book provides. My hope is that its distribution will facilitate understanding and empathy in the medical community for the underserved population and provide guidance for those who suffer needlessly.”

    David Brendel PhD

    Los Angeles, CA

    “Thoroughly researched and well written, this book provides the reader with guidance, direction, and helpful specifics presented compassionately and didactically through self-disclosure and factual information. Dr. Alexis addresses all aspects of her healing journey and provides sound advice while remaining cognizant of individual differences. A must read for anyone suffering from or associated in any way with Interstitial Cystitis or related issues. I have indeed found it a meaningful resource for general medical purposes as well.”

    Edwin Verburg, D.P.A.

    Tucson, AZ

    “The Personal Journey portrayed in this important book is a helpful guide for many. While the book focuses on Interstitial Cystitis as a case study for a woman, it certainly reinforced guidance from my physical therapist after prostrate surgery, because the residual recovery is primarily related to the bladder. More than that, relatives and close friends have suffered from bladder issues that have been treated by multiple doses of antibiotics, which clearly can be addressed with longer lasting results using some of the suggestions in this book. For example, the dietary supplements recommended and simple recognition of foods with high acid content are highly relevant.”

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    The book is available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble

    The eBook is available at both.

    ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781982232221

    ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781982232245

    ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781982232238

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    Hey Over-comers! So often it is easy to lose hope that we will never find any relief from the constant irritating pain that comes along with Interstitial Cystitis and fibromyalgia. If you are anything like me, you have tried countless things to help alleviate the pain, whether it is prescription medications or natural remedies. Join me on the first episode of the new series with my special guest

    Dr. Tracy Alexis who will share with us her personal journey to overcoming I.C. pain. She will also share some tips from her book "Interstitial Cystitis: A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing!" which is a must read for anyone who may be seeking other alternatives to pain relief.

    Special thanks to Tracy Alexis, PhD for being an inspirational guest on our Living Beyond the Pain Podcast!

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    According to mainstream medicine Interstitial Cystitis is an incurable disease. Tracy Alexis PhD refused to accept that as a diagnosis for the remainder of her life so worked to completely heal it.

    Tracy shares her intimate journey with Interstitial Cystitis and shares what she found to be most helpful to improve the quality of her life. Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Tracy Alexis PhD.

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    February 19, 2020

    On February 26, 2020, I will be hosting a book signing at the Jewish Community Center (3800 E River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718). You may purchase a soft cover book for $19.99, a hard cover book for $37.95 or an e-download for $9.99. Get your copy of Interstitial Cystitis: A Personal Journey of COMPLETE Healing! autographed on February 26, 2020 at the Senior Connection event, hosted by the Jewish Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I hope to see you there!

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    assertive with their physicians. The truth is that physicians

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    Background, Context, and Medical History

    Like most Americans, I had never heard of Interstitial Cystitis (IC). No one among my relatives, my colleagues, or other acquaintances had ever been afflicted by IC. But then, in late 2009, I began to have excruciating pains in my abdomen. The first physician who examined me diagnosed my condition as a urinary tract infection (UTI). However, I had experienced UTIs before, and the pain I was experiencing was vastly different from the pain of a UTI! A second physician and then a third were equally confounded...

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