I’ve had irritable bowel syndrome for 15 years, and I’ve just decided that I’m not going to be embarrassed anymore.
Recently, a couple of people have found my IBS Tales site who actually know me in person, rather than just over the internet. I know this partly because they have told me and partly because I can tell when the server logs look a bit suspicious – if you’re looking for help for your irritable bowel you don’t type in “Sophie Lee, UK, health” as your search engine keywords, generally.
But the reason I’ve decided not to be embarrassed is because there are hundreds and hundreds of IBS experiences on my site, not just me. And there are millions of sufferers in the world. It’s not just me, and it’s not just you. It’s all of us here, together, knowing what it’s like.
And you know what – I’m tired of being ashamed of what is, when all is said and done, a medical condition that I can do nothing about. If my liver was broken I wouldn’t be worried, and I’m damned if I’m going to be embarrassed about my bowel.
My name’s Sophie and I have irritable bowel syndrome. What’s your problem?