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What is IBS and How Did I Get It?

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Sometimes life hands you lemons. So you make lemonade. Sometimes stress hands you IBS. So you make...poop. It's all about doing the best with what life hands you, am I right?

“Bad things sometimes happen to good people; the key to happiness is to try to make the best of, and be thankful for the hand we're dealt.” ~ Colleen Houck

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not always great at being positive about having irritable bowel syndrome. Those days when I'm paying for some stressful event in my life (real or imagined) with stomach cramps that feel like someone's stabbing me with a knife, I'm definitely feeling sorry for myself. I just want to curl up in bed with my heated neck pillow and hold my own pity party of one.

I curse the heartburn.

I curse my genes for being born into a family of worriers.

I curse my brain for not handling stress better.

And I curse my body for being weak.

As I write this I've got the hiccups and some MAJOR heartburn. I'm chugging down green tea and I'm out of Tums. I'm not a happy camper!

But when I am looking at the positive side of IBS, there's definite perks. You have to look REALLY closely, but they are there! It forces me to eat healthy. Would I eat healthy without IBS? VERY DOUBTFUL! I love bread, pasta, and my only vice...copious amounts of Coca-Cola.

Eating healthy helps me keep the knife throwers at bay.

Eating healthy means my throat won't feel like I'm a flame eater at the circus.

Eating health means I have more energy, my skin looks better, and I sleep well.

IBS also forces me to find ways to deal with my stress and that's not just good for IBS, it's good for my health overall.

Do I always do all these things...HELL NO! LOL! But when I don't, my friend IBS is there to remind me to get back on track.


I'm excited to share with those who are new to the fun and exciting world of functional GI disorders some facts about IBS. (Joking here for those Sheldon Coopers of the world who don't get sarcasm.) We'll just scratch the surface here because we'll be getting into the nitty gritty, down and dirty, poopy, gassy, nauseous details in future videos. Watch this video to find out a bit about IBS, the symptoms and treatments, and I'll share my IBS story.


I'm looking forward to hearing your IBS story! Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you got IBS. There's no reason to live with this disorder alone. Let's support one another on this journey.

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Hi! I'm Dana

I help people go from "hot mess" to "less stressed" by teaching them how to improve their gut health & get a grip on anxiety.