You may not actually feel like it’s the case, but you have more power over your IBS than you think.
I was on Facebook the other night where someone was talking about how they got some relief from IBS using a particular modality.
And someone commented “Unfortunately I can’t try this because my insurance doesn’t cover it”.
And this took me back to when I thought exactly the same. I lived in a world of “I can’t”. I didn’t have the power to do anything different.
If my doctor didn’t recommend it, or my insurance wouldn’t cover it, I couldn’t go there.
That kept me stuck for a long time.
A really big step
One day the pain of IBS got so bad that I lost it. It was quite clear to me that my doctor’s idea of recovery was taking antidepressants for life and managing symptoms. And I just couldn’t go on living like that.
I decided that life wasn’t worth living if it meant be so limited and miserable. All the fun had gone out of life – and out of me, and I was just hopeful that whatever I ate wouldn’t start off a flare-up.
So as a last ditch I decided to dip in my emergency fund and had one session of a modality I thought might help me. I had researched it, and I could see why it could be of benefit.
It was a big step.
Baby steps forward
It felt like I was paying a fortune for just one session. I wasn’t used to using my hard-earned savings for that. And I wasn’t used to taking power or looking after myself. I was used to looking after everyone else.
And it felt a little selfish.
I didn’t realise that I was important. And I didn’t know that I had any power either. No-one had ever taught me that.
Like many people, I was taught that teachers and doctors were the ones that “knew better”. Taking action by myself felt risky.
But I realized that I couldn’t enjoy anything in life while suffering so much from IBS.
I talked about it with my partner and we agreed that I would do whatever it took to get well. Even if it took all our savings.
It was an investment in a different future – for both of us. And for our children.
So I had another session. Several even. And when I felt I couldn’t get much more out of that, I tried a different modality that took me further. And by trial and error I found what helped me the most (Reiki and NLP).
The power of experimenting
I started to make my own choices and experimenting.
I stopped just listening to my doctor and GI – not because their input was not valid, but because they didn’t live with me 24/7.
And I started listening to the only person who was living with me 24/7 – ME (my partner gave me some great insights too).
I started realizing that I knew my body better than anyone – even if it was doing things I didn’t really understand at the time. And that I was the best person to choose my specialists.
So I stopped waiting for permission. And took the responsibility for my health into my own hands.
That was another big step.
I now had the power to choose.
And to get it wrong – but from the state I was in there was not much to lose. And that in itself was a powerful lesson. It allowed me to hope for a better experience of life, and to act.
The body’s innate power to heal
There was a second lesson about empowerment that I learned along the way.
My body and mind were in a storm because they had been pushed out of balance.
I didn’t need that much outside help to get the ball rolling.
With the help of a few good new habits to support it, over time my body was able to rebalance and heal. We have a natural capacity to do that.
I don’t think I’m particularly special. I decided I was going to beat IBS, put my all into that – and to my great surprise I have fully succeeded.
The key was understanding that it could be possible – and that I might actually have the power to do that.
Maybe you have that power too…
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