I am a very happy and social person. I love to travel and to take on new adventures. I have a passion for food and wine. I enjoy eating out and trying new foods. I love spending time with my friends and family. Margaritas are a big weakness of mine. I adore the excitement of living in urban Chicago.
My IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) has impacted all the things I love and has challenged me to continue to be the happy person I am. When food and alcohol can cause so much pain, it’s very tough to enjoy them. Because of the restricted diet, travel and eating out is more difficult than ever. The symptoms and restrictions have negatively impacted my adventurous spirit and many of my relationships. Health and happiness are a daily struggle. However, I am determined to live a very full and happy life.
After my diagnosis, I found relief in the low FODMAP diet. While the restrictions are tough to handle at first, I am feeling better and beginning to return to my happy self. My adventurous spirit has been restored and I am able to enjoy traveling, food and spending time with the people that I love.
I have an amazing husband who has been very supportive, but I realized that I found that I turned to the online community for information and encouragement. It’s very comforting to know that other people are struggling with the same issues and have found ways to live happy with IBS. That’s why I am sharing my personal journey and providing helpful information to those who need it.
Thank you for sharing in my journey and if you’re struggling with managing your IBS symptoms, you’re not alone.