you're not alone! I am 22 and was diagnosed 2 days ago. The bladder removal doesn't always work. I have been going to the IC network chatroom. They have a support group for this on Tuesdays around 5 or 6. I was talking to a lady who has had 11 surgerys. Avoid coffee, caffeine, acid foods, most fruits. This diet is hard, but you can do it. There is so many meds so don't give up. Hope to see you in the chat room on Tuesday or other times. I'm scared too. You can look up IC on the net and find the diet. Have faith, a quick fix isn't always the best choice.I'm a performer on tour and I am active as well. Maybe if you talk you will feel better. It's always nice to know that other people your age has this.