Hi! I'm Dana
I'm the Founder of Surviving Everyday Stress
(with or without IBS)
Let's face it y'all...the IBS struggle is REAL! I'm talking about surviving with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and all that goes with it. The stomach pain, sudden trips to the bathroom, bloating, anxiety, and panic attacks that follow us through even a normal day. And that was BEFORE we had a global pandemic, lockdowns, lost jobs, social distancing, and all our fun events were canceled. Can you say STRESSFUUUUL!?!
But there was a lot of good that came out of 2020. For me it was a burning desire to create a community where people with IBS and general anxiety could find support, discover coping strategies, share ideas, read research, and explore approaches to not just surviving, but THRIVING with IBS.
My IBS Story
(and why I want to offer you my insight)
Why I Founded Surviving Everyday Stress
I'm a true Southerner at heart and you know we like to share our stories. I'm here to share my experience + strategies + support for those struggling with IBS. I'll be sharing the lessons I've learned along the way ( including the epic failures and my inability to take my own advice!). I don't have all the answers + I'm definitely not perfect. But I'd love to share my imperfectly perfect journey with you and maybe make your path a little bit easier.
Sit + stay awhile! I'll get you a sweet tea.
How I Got IBS
I think a mandatory course in high school should be How to Deal with Stress 101. We all have to deal with stress starting at an early age and life only gets more difficult as we are forced into adulthood.
I know I was not given the tools to cope with everything that life would throw at me and so my body decided to deal with stress in a variety of interesting ways. I suffered for two years with undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome after an extremely stressful move to a new city where I couldn't find a job I could tolerate, never mind love.
Then, 14 years later when I decided to go back to school and get my master's degree, the stress of working full time and completing an advanced degree took it's toll. That's what got me to today.
I hope I can provide some insight + advice + and life-giving encouragement to help you live your best life with IBS.
20 Things About Me You Won't Find Out If You Google My Name
1. I am a child of the 80s. I still listen to 80s music and watch 80s movies. I miss my blue eyeliner, big hair, and scrunch socks.
2. I am British on my Dad's side and was raised very English. I'm an Anglophile to the core. I love hot tea, crumpets, royalty, London, and British history. God save the Queen.
3. I am a huge fan of Winston Churchill. I have all his books. I even have a lip balm with his likeness on it...Stiff Upper Lip Balm.
4. I am terrified of snakes.
5. I was named Miss Hawaiian Tropic for Buffalo, NY in 1993.
6. I have a Jane Austen action figure.
7. I would kill for Lady Mary Crawley's wardrobe in Downton Abbey.
8. People used to mistake me for a boy ALL the time until I was like 15.
9. I look exactly like my dad (maybe the reason for #8?)
10. I won the Canadian National Figure Roller Skating Championships three times when I was a kid.
11. I am obsessed with typewriters. Both my great grandfather and my dad were typewriter repairmen for IBM. I have a 1950s pink Royal typewriter. If I could write this blog on my typewriter, I would.
12. I will ugly cry if the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl in my lifetime. I've suffered through 4 losses in a row. I deserve this!
13. I once got to fly in a trick helicopter. The pilot said they'll never get the indentions from my fingers out of that seat.
14. I want to be a college history professor when I grow up. There's still time.
15. I am a vegetarian, but when I visit home (Toronto, Canada) I always eat a Harvey's hamburger in honor of my dad.
16. I published my first book in the 3rd grade. It was about an egg hatching. It may still be in the library at my primary school.
17. I walked in a parade with more than 600+ Schnauzers.
18. I got teary-eyed when I walked out to see Center Court at Wimbledon. It was a dream come true.
19. I read history books for fun.
20. I have a swing dedicated to me on a trail overlooking the river in my hometown. My husband got it for me for Christmas. He's the best.