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Does IBS make you stronger to face challenges?

Since many of us have to face this problem in our lives, do you feel you’ve become stronger?


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  • Natalia
    5 months ago

    Hi @snowman,
    I definitely think it makes us stronger! I’ve been battling with it for almost 9 years now & it is getting more difficult with age. The last month has been horrible for me as I got the stomach flu & my digestive system hasn’t been the same since. But when I was at the airport & had this I got through it as I reflected when I had a worse situation in the jungle of Peru. I just thought to myself you been in a worse situation, you got through it, you know what to do. And luckily, didn’t have anymore diahrrea that day.
    The last couple of days were also very frustrating for me as I was doing everything to get better & thought I was but then my cramping, bloatinginess started again. But I was really grateful for today that although I was still very bloated I didn’t really have cramping & had enough energy to catch up on work, walk my dog & run errands. And to sign up to this great community!

  • DorisE
    1 year ago

    I agree great question. Reminds me though of abusive ex I met on street… he said the relationship built character in me. Sorry, but for me, no way… Ibs D as it gets worse, more frequent, no cure, as I age and get other illnesses, my coping skills, strength, physical and mental is weakning. However, it is of course different for different people and I think depends on many issues.. I wish everyone the strength to fight this and cope with lifes slings and arrows… but for me many years of ill health including the pain, mess, isolation of Ibs d has proven too much… my spouse says take one day at a time.. I reply Can I take one hour at a time?
    I still recall the earlier years when I had the strength to overcome many hurdles. Still we cannot give up and MUST find a cure, prevention, or better treatment and understanding of this horrible illness.. .. hopefully the sooner the better.

  • Snowman author
    1 year ago

    I totally agree, sometimes I just break down because of this, however we still need to fight it and hopefully in the future not so many people will live with this. And I wish you all the strength and happiness in your life.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 year ago

    This is a really great question, @snowman! Interacting with the people of this community has shown me how strong IBS sufferers are. And while we wait for others to chime in, I thought I’d share an article from our contributor @hessp about his reflections on how IBS has made him a better person. Thanks again for submitting this question! – Chris, IrritableBowelSydrome.net Team Member

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