I posted a while ago about living with IBS and I had some positive feedback on it, but I also got some negative comments about it.
A few people have said "well at least you don't have Crohn's, Colitis, etc". No, I don't, and I thank my lucky stars that I don't and I do really feel for those that do as I know they suffer at least 100 times more than I do.
However, for me, one of the biggest reason that I really do feel strongly about IBS awareness is because it isn't as serious but it can be crippling to some people, myself included.
I feel really strongly about being able to raise awareness and let people know that it isn't always as simple as just not eating a particular food or avoiding stressful situations. Sometimes, food triggers it that wouldn't usually trigger it and it can be a tiny, unavoidable stress, such as paying a bill on time or the boiler breaking.
I have had to cut out so much; food, drink, hobbies - all because I don't know how it will affect me. I can't eat most fruits, normal pasta and I can only have a tiny bit of non-gluten free bread and cake. I also really struggle when I drink most alcohol. Wine is the only thing that doesn't affect it too much. I began to struggle committing to swimming every week because of my stomach, and I never felt clean. It was really difficult to learn to control. Even with medication it can be hard. I usually suffer with IBS-D but for a few days this week this I've had the total opposite resulting in me trying to eat things I know upsets me just to be able to go.
TMI? So sorry!
When I was finally diagnosed, it was a relief that there was nothing more serious but there isn't a cure. I have to live with IBS for the rest of my life.
I am always on the internet, speaking to others with IBS and just generally doing my research on it and how it can be helped. I love to try and support other people with managing it and if anyone has any questions, advice for anyone else, comment or message me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a clinician or medical professional but I can have a chat with you and see if I can offer any moral support!