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IBSgirl in… Broken Promises


It’s happened to many of us: you’ve just finished getting dressed, you’re packed to go, and you’re excited for the day ahead. And then, it hits. You feel the grumble, you whimper though the jolt of electric pain in your stomach. Your IBS is acting up and the symptoms are unbearable. There go your plans.

Cancelled plans

Whether its travel, a simple road trip, or just a friendly visit, making plans is a tricky beast when you suffer from IBS. Our symptoms always seem to appear at the most inopportune time.  We feel defeated. We’ve lost out on yet another adventure, party, or conversation with a friend. Often we feel guilty for breaking promises, messing with plans, and cancelling trips. Sometimes we feel angry. We scream at the world and ask, ‘why?’ Why me? Why now?

It’s easy to get angry. To yell, to cry, to give up. But we must remember that IBS does not -or at least should not -control our lives. Try to remain calm. Stay flexible and ready to change your plans last minute. Try not to blame yourself or feel guilty about the situation. Talk to your friends and family; let your loved ones know that you may need to cancel plans or change your travel times due to your symptoms. Don’t give up entirely. There is a way to have a life and live with IBS.

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  • Roni
    2 years ago

    Great article Lisa. I know this feeling all to well. I find myself over the last few years just staying home. I work full time and that is stressful in itself but to actually get out of the house on the weekend almost makes the panic attacks just too much. I try at least once a month to get out and I admit I have to REALLY push myself because I am always stressed about getting sick out somewhere. Thanks for the encouragement, good reminder that I know I have let this control me for far too long!!

  • Nani
    2 years ago

    I was wondering if anyone else had the trouble when going to have lab work at drs and it hits you.they want a urine sample and you can’t give it because of he diarhea problem.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 years ago

    That’s definitely a tough scenario, Nani. We appreciate your willingness to share with us. A great way to get more feedback from the community would be to post this discussion topic in our forum section here: Thanks for taking the time to comment! – Chris, Team Member

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