When my doctor told me that I had IBS—a disease that has no cure—it sent me spinning. I felt alone, depressed, and confused. My tummy troubles were omnipresent, I had daily headaches, and I was prone to anxiety and panic attacks. Most days, I felt both miserable physically and miserable about myself.
Digestion and bowel issues are overwhelming as it is, but they can also cripple your mental health. For me, depressive thoughts meant no energy, no inspiration, no motivation, and most importantly, no joy. I needed help!
Luckily, I was able to find the right resources to help tame my IBS, but it wasn't easy. For anyone struggling with a digestive disease—or any chronic health condition—here are five of the most important lessons from my healing journey: