“It felt like a whirlpool of panic, like a belt getting tighter and tighter around my tummy until I couldn’t breathe. I never knew if and when the attack would end.
The IBS was like a monster that overshadowed and controlled me and I would just sit, doubled over in pain, and cry … I felt like I could never be just ‘Danielle’, I was always ‘Danielle and her IBS.’ It controlled my every waking thought, there didn’t seem to be a free moment. IBS was ruining my life.
“If I think that I feel a twinge coming on now I literally take myself off upstairs, put on my ipod and do the counting and other exercises. Within seconds I feel more relaxed and the twinge passes. The spells pass in a blink whereas they used to last for days. The difference now is that I know I can get myself out of it.”
“At last I can be like everybody else.
It’s nice to feel normal again.”