There’s a direct correlation between health and happiness for me. When I’m healthy, I’m happy and recently well there’s been a lot of unhappiness hanging around me.
Now don’t get me wrong there has been a lot of happiness too; I’ve celebrate my best friends engagement, I’ve bagged myself a new job at work and I’ve had lots of exciting opportunities come knocking at the door of HarmonyBlaze too.
All of which make me very happy indeed.
But all the while I have been really struggling with my health and just writing that sounds so stupid because I know so many people have it so much worse than I do and in comparison I have it easy, but it something that I have struggled with for years now and just lately has really got me down.
I was diagnosed with IBS about 10 years ago now after visiting the doctor several times with various complaints, at the time I was happy to have some form of diagnosis but on reflection I realise that it was a diagnosis I was probably given just to appease me.
IBS isn’t something that anyone should be ashamed of having, but it is something that we very rarely talk about. Granted it isn’t something that I have ever wanted to shout about from the rooftops (until now) but neither has it been something I’ve refused to talk about.
I won’t go OTT TMI on you guys here but at the end of the day some off the effects are just natural bodily actions. We all eat to live, just some of us don’t process what we eat as efficiently and easily as others!
Over the last 12 months I have had to restrict my diet somewhat due to certain foods triggering by stomach issues. Things I have eaten for years and loved such as Avocados, Courgettes and Bananas have all been added to my ever growing list of foods to avoid.
Yes this has made my diet appear rather healthy, but it can also be rather boring and depressing when I can’t go out for a meal and order anything that takes my fancy for fear it might end with me doubled up in pain, often tearful and regretful.
But the pain of each ‘episode’ can last for days afterwards, they leave me feeling bloated and heavy, I can end up dehydrated and with terrible breakouts and eczema too … All of which result in my confidence taking a battering.
Sometimes I feel as though all I talk about is how bloated and sore I feel and in all honesty that’s probably because that is how I always seem to feel. But I will not let this take over my life.
I will manage it and I will beat it.
Recently I had a breakthrough and have finally been referred to the Gastroenterologist, I know it isn’t the end of the road, it is the start of a new one, but hopefully one that will see me feeling happier and healthier.
Do you suffer from IBS? How do you manage your symptoms & diet? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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