Tracking PixelA big thank you to my sponsors for allowing me the opportunity to write about my personal experience with IBS. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

We’ve all been there before when suddenly at the most inopportune moment you begin to feel your tummy bubbling up with something fierce. When you are someone who suffers with bouts of IBS (like me) this can be an unpleasant surprise every time it rears its ugly head.

IBS can be an embarrassing topic to discuss, even with your doctor – studies have shown that most people would rather talk about STD’s! This is why Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals has begun working with The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) to bring you the IBS initiative. It’s all about creating original art to help shed light on IBS and the struggles an individual may have with it. There is a contest going on right now and you may submit your own artwork to be considered to win the grand prize – a trip to NYC to stay in luxury accommodations! See contest details below.. Here’s some submissions that I love:

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I’ve also come up with my little bit of art.. It’s a little less-than serious, but I feel like it’s an accurate portrait of my own personal experience with an embarrassing IBS moment that I won’t soon forget. I named it “How to handle a date night with IBS” and since I love using emojis, I decided to create my own depiction of that night…

Let me tell you a little story of where my piece of art comes from.. Many years ago I had to see a gastro doctor for what he diagnosed as IBS. The periodic runs to the toilet weren’t really an issue for me until I began to date someone. This story runs a strong similarity to this girl’s hilarious tweets about her dating don’ts – like I’ve said, this is the stuff that sooner or later happens to all of us.

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My date and I enjoyed trying different cuisines at various restaurants around town – do you see where I’m going with this…? Anyways – to make a long story short, I once found myself watching a movie post-date at his house and suddenly began to feel the rumbling in my tummy bubbling up inside, along with the hallmark sharp pains that go along with it. I tried to smile my way through it and excused myself to the restroom – but I felt crunched for time as I didn’t want to take too long and have him suspect that I was doing #2!

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Sooo.. I do the deed as quickly (and quietly) as possible and as soon as I tried to flush I found out that the toilet I used was a weak flusher and it merely swirled my masterpiece around in a circle. Panic set in – suddenly I was Lloyd from the dumb and dumber movie. I was scared to flush again for fear of overflowing the toilet. Then suddenly out of nowhere the toilet flushed it all down like nothing happened. Crisis averted – well, sort of..

Now that I was no longer in a panic over the flushing, I realized the smell still gave it all away. Defeated, I dialed it in with a hit of air freshner and turned the bathroom fan on. Needless to say, we didn’t date for very long and I began to grow more savvy on what my tummy could handle.

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I hope that my story and art creation helps cast some light on this embarrassing topic that affects so many of us. Talk about it with your GI because I promise you there’s nothing you can tell them that will gross them out. Truthfully, the conditions of your bowel movements can help indicate many things about your health. Draw a picture and post your submission here!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative.

 

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THE SPONSORS OF THE CONTEST ARE ALLERGAN USA, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT HARBORSIDE FINANCIAL CENTER; PLAZA V, SUITE 1900; JERSEY CITY, NJ 07302; IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT 301 BINNEY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02142; AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IS $6,500. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON NUMBER AND QUALITY OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2017. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT PICTUREMYIBS.ORG.

Jayna

Hi, I’m Jayna, a Wylie mom blogger living near Plano, Texas. I’m a Dessert love & recipe maker. Mom to a rowdy little boy. Coffee lover. Beloved wife and creator of Bellabyte Design Studio. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!

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