Living with IBS: One Young Woman’s Story

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I’ve had the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome — a gastrointestinal disorder — for my whole life, but when I was younger, I didn’t realize anything was wrong. My parents thought my IBS as bad as some people — I’m not stuck at my house, for instance, afraid to leave for fear of not being able to find a bathroom. But like a lot of people, I’m a little shy about it. We all use euphemisms at first — we talk about our “tummy troubles,” for instance. But I’m glad I’ve learned more about the disease and that I’m finally finding some answers that work for me.