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Kay Hutchison Benton was born in Ohio, the 4th of 5 children to a strong-willed factory worker and a stay-at-home wife/mother. Her first recollection of doctors as a child was when one would "stick" an earlobe to obtain a blood sample to check on her anemia.

Working first as a legal secretary out of high school, she then attended Ashland University, where 12 years later she earned a bachelor of science in education and psychology, the first in her family to obtain a college degree. In between came marriage and two daughters; after graduation, a son was born, and the family moved to Northern Virginia. It was while she worked at the now Northern Virginia Journal that she discovered words were her love and writing her true vocation. Numerous feature articles in newspapers/magazines followed.

A few years later, at the age of 45, she earned a master's in English with a concentration in professional writing and editing at nearby George Mason University.

She taught freshman writing at various institutions, including GMU, several Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) campuses, Strayer College, and organized and directed a writing center at one of the community college campuses. Taught English As a Second Language (ESL) at GMU's English Language Institute as well. No matter what writing class she taught, she tried to make it fun and never used a red pen to mark or "bloody" a student's paper. Kay developed and taught "Writing Without Pain," a course for adults in the community who wanted to overcome what they perceived as their writing handicaps. Eventually she moved on to become the writer/editor of the Admiral Hyman D. Rickover Institute for Excellence in Education in McLean, Virginia. An anesthesia reaction in 1991 during a routine procedure brought her to near death. Eventually, she found she could no longer work and went on complete disability in 1994. Since then, she has fought many times for her life.

Having overcome a bladder syndrome, known as Interstitial Cystitis (IC), she became one to whom many called to discuss their IC problems. In 1995, she founded and still directs from her home, without compensation, the Interstitial Cystitis Information Center, a not-for-profit organization on the world-wide internet, which provides articles of interest to IC patients. She also helps with a local CFIDS/FM organization when able.

She calls herself a survivor with God's enduring grace and love. In learning as much as she could about her various medical problems, one quote has stood the test of time. Socrates (469-399BC) said, "There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." Kay believes knowledge is power; the more we know about our medical problems and work with our healthcare providers, the better we can cope and try to get better. Thus, the reason for the writing of this book.


It is with deepest regret I must inform you that the author, Kay Hutchison Benton, passed away on February 21st, 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to the STAR Project - MCV Foundation for Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Research and sent to MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA 23298-0234. Or you may wish to contribute to the College Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 13, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943.

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