Take a Look at This New (and Creative) Online Resource for People with IBS

Take a Look at This New Creative Online Resource for People with IBS
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

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Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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I am sharing my personal story in partnership with the Picture My IBS initiative. While my story is sponsored, all views and opinions are my own. I encourage you to read my below to see encourage yourself are someone you love who lives with IBS to share their story as well.

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a condition that often flies under the radar. It isn’t something to brag about because of the nature of the syndrome. It causes abdominal pains, irregular bowel habits, and plenty of frustration-so much so that people who suffer from IBS are often too embarrassed to talk about it or even report it to their doctors. Yet these people are out there, among you, right next to you.

My soon-to-be 20 year-old son also has IBS and while it was discovered and diagnosed when he had to be rushed to the emergency room, he too feels uncomfortable talking about it.

 

My son during one of his many doctor’s appointments to help manage his IBS

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One of many hospital stays

I can’t imagine him living day to day frustrated and in pain because of something that he didn’t even understand. Thinking about the many people who do breaks my heart. But enough is enough.

People with IBS deserve to have their voices heard and they can do so through the Picture My IBS initiative.

Take a Look at This New Creative Online Resource for People with IBS
My son’s personal depiction of living with IBS

Picture My IBS, created by the American College of Gastroenterology, aims to help those with IBS find a more comfortable way to share their pains, frustrations, and feelings to loved ones, friends, and doctors as well as with other IBS patients letting each person know that they are not alone.

Take a Look at This New Creative Online Resource for People with IBS
My youngest daughter’s artwork depicting what she feels her big brother goes through while living with IBS

This initiative allows offers a way for people to express their feelings about IBS and the effect that it has had on their lives by creating art. A painting, sculpture, drawing- any kind of art work can be submitted.

Take a Look at This New Creative Online Resource for People with IBS

While the initiative is mainly to help with IBS awareness, it also offers participants a chance at a trip to New York city with a stay in luxury hotel. Five honorable mention winners will receive $100 American Express gift card and all winners will have their art featured on the Picture My IBS Website.

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IBS is real. There are people who live with it all around you every day. Whether it’s you who has IBS or someone you know are care about, Picture My IBS would love to see your artistic expression.

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Visit PictureMyIBS.org for details about the initiative and how to enter the contest for a chance at one of the prizes.

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

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*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.

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