Most of you know that I am a nurse, or I was a nurse in my former life (ha!) so discussing gastrointestinal problems doesn't phase me one bit... but it can be embarrassing and something that is hard to share. When I was asked to consider posting on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative, I knew it was something that had touched my life, and touches thousands of other lives and needed a voice.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition characterized by recurring abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation). It affects many people and everyone who is affected can be affected differently.
I have personally dealt with IBS since my college years. It comes and goes and is worse in some seasons that others, but I have learned to cope with it and it is just part of my life now. I have been for multiple scopes and had lots of blood work done. So while I have sought treatment over the years, it is estimated that only about 1/3 of people with IBS seek treatment because it can be embarrassing to talk about. A new initiative called Picture My IBS offers people (like me!) a new way to show their feelings about how IBS impacts their life. By creating an original piece of artwork, in whatever form you feel best lets you express yourself and your journey with IBS. Picture My IBS was created by The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and aims to help those with IBS find a better was to communicate with their doctors, to share their IBS journey so that they don't feel so alone.
PictureMyIBS.org today for details and to enter the contest for a chance to win one of these exciting prizes.Whether you have IBS or you have loved ones that do, Picture My IBS would love to see your artistic expression. Visit
So today, I encourage you, if you have dealt with or are dealing with IBS, take your blank canvas and create something totally you that shows how you feel about IBS. Then submit it to this amazing campaign and give IBS a voice!
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative.