My IBS Journey

May 2, 2023

Even though I’ve been fortunate to have experienced much good health, I know what it’s like to struggle with digestive disorders because at times during the last 12 years, that struggle has consumed my life.

I know what it’s like to go from having a normal, predictable digestive system, then to taking prescription medication for another issue entirely and have nothing but digestive problems. I developed two painful stomach ulcers. Acid-blocking medication healed the ulcers, but I felt really bubbly and bloated, and then I developed diarrhea. Without a clear diagnosis, I was prescribed more and more meds and there were more and more side effects. The problems persisted and worsened.

I know what it’s like to lay down at night with rage toward the doctor who prescribed the medication that changed my life forever, and to have people tell me that maybe I was just too anxious. I’ve felt an overarching sense of bleakness and limitation, fearing that this would be the end of me.

It got so bad that I finally gave up on my gastroenterologist, did some research, and got a referral to a leading specialist in another part of town.

Thankfully, I know what it’s like to be on the other side of my problems. I finally got the right diagnosis of IBS and I stopped taking so many medications that weren’t helping me. It has hardly been a straight line, but by finding the right medical care and discovering, albeit through much trial and error, which foods are right and wrong for me, I’ve gotten better. I wake up with energy for the new day, and I go to bed at night with a sense of confidence about living in this body of mine. The best part is that IBS no longer dominates my thoughts.

I want to bring healing to others who suffer with IBS and other digestive issues, and this is why I do the work I do. I know it can be miserable when you struggle with uncertainty and difficult emotions related to one of the most basic bodily functions. I have dedicated myself to helping a lot of people live more peacefully with their bodies and find a better way forward as they release negative emotion.