I NEED YOU!
This Saturday, April 1st kicks off National IBS Awareness Month and I am launching a campaign called #IBelieveinyourStory. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness, raise funding for research and support patient care through educational initiatives for patients and healthcare providers.
An International Survey of patients that suffer with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) revealed that IBS patients would be willing to give up to 25% of their remaining life to gain access to treatments that would provide symptom relief. Having IBS is difficult.
IBS and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth(SIBO) often go hand in hand. Although there has been some strides in research in this area—most patients continue to struggle—and research funding is minimal. This needs to change.
Are you with me?
You can help by starting the dialogue and raise awareness by simply doing the following:
Use the hashtag #IBelieveinyourStory on April 1st, or anytime during the month of April, and beyond on your favorite social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, to send a message of hope to those with IBS, share your story or simply retweet/re-post others comments by searching for the hashtag.
Sharing your IBS journey can be therapeutic for you and healing to others. We are all in this together. By, “we” I refer to the dedicated scientists in the lab, the gastroenterologists in the clinic, the dietitian guiding you with a nutritional plan, the spouse that knows how to prepare a meal when you don’t feel up to it, and of course, you. Feel free to share your story in the comment section of this post.
To inspire you, here are a few words you can share via your social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram.) Be sure to include the hashtag #IBelieveinyourStory
- It takes guts to talk about your guts. #IBelieveinyourStory
- Support IBS & SIBO research & make a difference. #IBelieveinyourStory
- For all #IBS patients, I encourage you to find your dream team: GI doctor & dietitian to guide your treatment. #IBelieveinyourStory
- I am grateful for new low #FODMAP certified food products to keep IBS symptoms in control. #IBelieveinyourStory
- To learn more about the #IBelieveinyourStory campaign click here.
To read my story, click here. As my team gathers stories, I will post other stories of hope, inspiration, and courage this month right here on the blog. Stay tuned.
Raise Funds for Research
Research funding for IBS and SIBO is minimal. And treatments for these conditions are not effective for many patients. We clearly need more research! Make a difference by supporting IBS & SIBO research funding. I have partnered with 2 key research centers in this area : Dr. Mark Pimentel’s lab at Cedars-Sinai (SIBO/IBS research) and Dr. William Chey’s work at University of Michigan (IBS/FODMAP research), consider making a donation TODAY! Donate here.