My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
You don’t have to just “live with it.”
“I’ve had irritable bowel syndrome for 20 years. For most of my life I have lived with urgent diarrhea, horrible constipation
and agonizing stomach pain. I have spent whole afternoons in the bathroom, and on my very worst days I have endured some truly
vicious attacks that left me shaking, sweating, and scared . . .”
It’s whispered about and often made light of, but as Sophie Lee will tell you, there is nothing funny about irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS)—a chronic medical condition characterized by often intense abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea.
The stigma attached to this disorder prevents many people from seeking help or sharing their problem with family, friends, and
coworkers. This is unfortunate, since it is estimated that more than 60 million Americans suffer from this devastating illness.
Sadly, even those who do seek medical help often find themselves up against ignorant doctors and even those who believe that IBS is
a psychological condition.
Sophie’s Story: My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome chronicles a brave young woman’s fight
against the IBS “monster,” offering valuable insights on coping with, and even controlling, the symptoms. Partly an offering of hope
to other IBS sufferers and partly her way of fighting back against those who told her that IBS is all in her head, this
no-holds-barred narrative discusses the many psychological, physical, and social effects of living with this disease. Moreover,
Sophie writes about which conventional and alternative treatments were most effective for her and how the right diet made a
difference, as well as her successful, personal formula to conquer IBS.
Let Sophie’s Story be your road map to finding your own
personal formula for relief. With a special chapter on IBS treatments Sophie has tried—and her top tips for sufferers—you’ll come
away with an action-packed game plan . . . and a lot to discuss with your doctor. Relief is possible.