I once read a post on an IBS forum that went something like this:
I don’t feel fine. Despite IBS, I managed to get my qualifications. I have a great cv, and I have even managed to get a great job. Yet I am losing my depth. IBS has this hold on me. It is taking my energy and concentration. And every day I do this delicate balancing act, trying to keep it all together. Trying to keep going. I look fine on paper. I look fine in person, so much so that no one sees this invisible condition I am battling with. Even my doctor tells me that I have nothing wrong with me… But I don’t feel fine at all.
That post resonated with me so much.
There are a huge number of us out there, trying and even succeeding to look as if we have it all together, while we are fighting a hard battle. Every day.
Do you feel like that too?
I don’t feel fine
I was a Product Manager for food products. I didn’t feel fine. I couldn’t even digest the food products I was marketing. How about that for irony! But I kept going, pushing my IBS aside and forging ahead. I felt that was the right, courageous thing to do.
Until that didn’t work any more.
Using your energy and courage wisely
Pushing your IBS aside and carrying on anyway will not cut it. It seems a commendable and courageous way of living. But it won’t work. Your IBS won’t just disappear on it’s own.
Why not use your amazing courage to swim in a direction that will get you to shore?
If your doctor is just giving you medication, ask yourself one thing: Have they ever had IBS? And have they ever fully recovered from it? If not, then maybe you need help from someone who has.2