Don’t be embarrassed

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?

2 Responses to Don’t be embarrassed

  1. I’ve had IBS since I was in second grade and now I’m 20. I’m not diagnosed with IBS but have been told by doctors that I have the symptoms. I remember going to the bathroom once or twice every two weeks. I would spend hours in the bathroom pushing and crying and every time I would clog the toliet. When I got into high school I started using laxatives. It got so bad that I started having this really bad gas. After being on laxatives for four years I stopped but the bad gas continued. Now, I exercise, eat fiber, and drink plenty of water but I can’t go nowhere. My life evolves around this. I don’t eat around people, I’m always nervous because I smell. School, church, riding in cars is so hard for me. Sometimes all I do is cry. Before doing all this research on IBS I thought I was the only one going through this problem.

  2. Marie,
    I understand what you’re going through. I’m going through something similar. I got IBS when I was 20 years old. Although I wasn’t diagnosed until I was about 25 or 26. Pretty tough, this. I’m always hopeful and I know God is with me. One Bible scripture I think about a lot is Isaiah 53:5.