Another major update to several pages of the IBS Impact main website has been ongoing through much of April and May and has just been completed. These changes include the most current information on the progress of advocacy for the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2239) and new links to some of this blog’s most popular and useful posts. There have also been additional resources added and updated, particularly on the links page. Although most of the established IBS information and support forums draw international readership to varying extents, the originating country has now been added to each listing to assist IBS Impact visitors who seek a specific national perspective.
Over the past several weeks, much new material has been added to the family and friends page, including an excerpt from the memoir of Sophie Lee in the United Kingdom, owner of the IBS Tales website. Sophie, an adult who has had IBS since childhood, offered her material to IBS Impact in the hope that others with IBS do not need to experience as much misunderstanding from others as many of us with IBS have had to over the years. The family and friends page also now includes a link to the April 11, 2012 guest post by IBS Impact on assisting children with IBS on the Ask Moxie parenting blog. Comments on that post are no longer being accepted on Ask Moxie, but are welcome here on the IBS Impact blog. Finally, the link to the video portion of the April 2012 UNC online chat on partner burden and IBS with Reuben Wong, MD of the National University Hospital in Singapore has been added to the page for adults with IBS and their spouses or partners.
As noted previously on this blog, in April, we launched a new section for links specific to children and adolescents with IBS and in May, we have just added more resources. We hope these are helpful to parents, guardians and others who are trying to help young people with IBS or functional abdominal pain, also known as recurrent abdominal pain (FAP/RAP), which is a diagnosis similar to IBS without the bowel disturbances.
Facebook and Twitter icons, previously only on the sidebar of this blog, have also now been added to the main site for visitors’ convenience. We encourage people with Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow IBS Impact.
Please feel free to check out the site here. Our goal with the website and blog is to provide a varied range of reputable information and resources to people with IBS and their families and friends and to encourage informed choices, proactive self-advocacy and public awareness of IBS, and the unmet medical or social needs many of us face as a result of IBS.
Comments, suggestions and article submissions are welcome and will be thoughtfully considered. Contact links for the IBS Impact founder and webmaster can be found on the home page of the main site, or comments can be left on this blog. Thank you to all of our readers for your interest and participation.