Who’s Scared to leave the house AD

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I have a friend (almost a mom to me) that I love. She’s been in my life over 38 years. She doesn’t leave the house often. I can’t imagine what a pain that is. We want to go on girl trips. She can’t be in the car for that long. We want to go to the movies. Only if she’s having a good day. We want to do lunch. Which is okay as long as she’s having a good day. Her world revolves around how close she is to a bathroom. I cringe.

my friends dealing with ibs on a good day

This was a day we were able to get out and have fun.

We all wait patiently on the day she’s been invited to go somewhere. Not because I think she will cancel. The likelihood that she will cancel is strong. But I cringe because I can’t imagine how hard it is to worry about where you’re next bathroom is all the time. Please note that this post is based on my loved one’s experience and may not be representative of everyone’s experience.

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That’s the life of a lot of people with IBS. They just have to worry and feel anxious all the time when they are away from home. People who suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) often feel like they can’t share their problems with others. It’s embarrassing and because of that reason they often do not even share it with their doctor. People we have got to change this. A survey was done and it’s more embarassing to discuss bowel movements then to discuss STD’s. What a stigma.

Let’s hope better days are coming!

 I love what Picture My IBS is doing. They have a new initiative called Picture My IBS which is giving people a new way to share their feelings about how of IBS impacts their lives. You can create an original piece of art that shares your feelings on IBS. Then you submit your art (painting, drawing, sculpture, or any other type of your artwork that meets their guidelines.  It was created by The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Picture My IBS has a goal. Their goal is to help those with IBS find a more meaningful way to communicate with their doctors, to share their IBS journey, if you will, with others and to show others that they are not afraid or alone. Sharing this artwork raises public awareness and helps shine a light on how it affects this population of people.

A panel of judges will evaluate all the Picture My IBS artwork and the Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to a luxury hotel and spa in New York City, and five Honorable Mention Winners will receive a $100 American Express gift card. All winning art will also be featured on the Picture My IBS website. What a great initiative! I have my artwork ready to go! So whether you have IBS or simply have loved ones that do, Picture My IBS would love to see your artwork. Visit PictureMyIBS.org today for details and to enter the contest for a chance to win one of these exciting prizes. I need me a trip to NYC because I’ve never been there! Who else? You have to enter to win! 

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You don’t even have to be a good artist. Just share. Share the love, share the knowledge and share the Picture My IBS initiative. Let’s raise awareness for those that are scared to leave their house. For those who have IBS and are anxious. Share.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Picture My IBS initiative.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IS $6,500. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON NUMBER AND QUALITY OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2017. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT PICTUREMYIBS.ORG.

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  1. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    IBS is really hard to deal with. I know a lot of people with it and it’s a real pain (sometimes literally). I like the Picture My IBS project.

  2. I am so very lucky not to have this issue. I have a friend with IBS and it’s just so miserable for her.

  3. One of my very good friends has IBS, and it’s such a pain. Literally. She still goes out. She’s too stubborn to stay in, but she does frequently pop up and say, “pit stop!” At least she’s laughing about it.

  4. I really feel for those who have IBS. I am glad to see that they have an outlet now to express themselves with this artwork. I am sure it helps in some way.

  5. There are so many people that have ibs these days. It’s all in the diet.

  6. I can only imagine how miserable having IBS can be. I hope your post will encourage others to talk to their physicians about their symptoms. Something like this shouldn’t carry a stigma.

  7. Such a great campaign. I know someone who has the same experience and I know she’ll feel great about it that many people understands her situation.

  8. I have IBD (ulcerative colitis) so I know exactly the anxiety your friend goes through on a daily basis. It’s a horrible thing to live with, so it makes me happy that Picture My IBS is drawing attention to these kind of illnesses so everyone can be a little more compassionate to those who do have to suffer.

  9. Wow, I had no idea about much of this regarding IBS.
    I certainly didn’t know it was more taboo to talk about than a STD!

  10. Thank you so much for shedding light on a really difficult chronic illness that many Americans face! So thankful that there is a campaign like this! Sharing this post with my friends who struggle with Ibs

  11. I have a few family members that have IBS and i know what a daily struggle it is. I love that there is starting to be more awareness for IBS.

  12. IBS is terrible – I know a couple people with it and it really does control their life. I feel very lucky that I can go out when and where I want.

  13. Thank you for shedding light on this subject. Ibs can be very sensitive to talk about and even more sensitive to deal with.

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