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50 years of IBS
An_241911 posted:
My first experience with IBS was as a pre-teen. It has negatively impacted every single aspect of my life. The pain from the cramping I've had and continue to have is (I can say with total conviction) worse than childbirth. If I had known back in the day that 50 years in the future there would be no cure and not even any treatment I would have taken my own life a long, long time ago. This has been a curse on my life that has left me with no friends (who wants to hang with someone who is always worried about where the bathroom is?), an empty marriage, and severe depression and self-loathing. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
An_241934 responded:
I can empathize so much with your post. I'm very sorry you have been dealing with this. So many people are not understanding of this condition.
barbarafromtucson responded:
I'm 40 and have been dealing with this for about 4 years. I'm single--have always been--so I project that I'm going to be single and lonely for the rest of my life. I can't see myself living another 20 years like this and if the world ends on Dec 21, 2012, I will be perfectly fine with it. I am NOT suicidal yet...I have 3 cats who are my 'babies'--they keep me from being suicidal cause I wonder what would happen to them if I 'disappeared'.

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