Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Petitioning TV Doctors and Health Experts to Talk About Interstitial Cystitits
Because of this, patients often plead with the nationally syndicated shows (like The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and Oprah) to cover their conditions.
This situation has actually improved in the past several years as it pertains to interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. In fact, both The Doctors and Dr. Oz have mentioned interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome on their shows. Generally, it is only a few minutes (or seconds) long and woven into a conversation about bladder/urine disorders. I am not sure we can get them to repeat these talks over and over without different angles to appeal to their producers.
For example, when you read their appeals for people to appear on upcoming shows, you don't only want to look for shows about bladder issues, but look for topics that are related:
*misuse of antibiotics
*unintended weight loss or weight gain
*pain with intercourse
*relationship issues as they pertain to diseases
*dealing with multiple health conditions
*traveling with chronic disease
*uncommon special diets
*stress management and chronic conditions
*hair loss (if you are on Elmiron and lost hair)
*female medical issues
*male medical issues
*exercise restrictions because of disease
*pregnancy complications (or high-risk pregnancies)
*lifestyle challenges of chronic illness
*job discrimination with chronic illness
*alternative jobs for those with disabilities
*cooking with chronic illness (or chronic pain)
In essence, almost anything these shows are asking for, someone in the IC community can speak to. Just don't expect them to devote an entire show to IC/PBS, nor give you more than a few minutes. What is important is to get it mentioned at all. (For hints on how to represent IC in these situations, see my blog post: Developing Your IC Elevator Speech.)
For future shows, see these links:
Dr Oz: Be on the Show
The Doctors: Be on the Show (There are some good ones listed as of the day I posted this!)
Oprah Casting Calls
Rachel Ray: Be on the Show
Of course, this list is not complete. Please feel free to share links for other shows in the comments. And don't be afraid to contact your local television stations and news outlets to suggest segments for your local area!
Just keep trying!!!! Each time we get someone to utter the words "interstitial cystitis" or "painful bladder" we gain traction! Of course if you get a chance to appear on a show or tell your story, let us know here, and at the Interstitial Cystitis Network, and the Interstitial Cystitis Association!