Some relatively recent followers of IBS Impact may not be aware that our main website includes an entire section devoted to IBS awareness or support for family members and friends of those with IBS. The section includes several articles, as well as the link to a University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders past “Evening with the Experts” video on partner burden and IBS. This mix of resources includes perspectives from people with IBS, a family member and professionals in three countries so far, and are directed at general audiences, spouses or partners or parents of children with IBS. We are very pleased by the current submissions and once again, publicly thank past contributors for agreeing to our requests, volunteering their own stories or granting permission to link. However, true awareness is most effective with a large number of varied experiences. As such, new readers and followers are now invited to submit their own articles for consideration.
The content of these personal stories and articles is fairly open-ended, whether you are a relative or friend of an adult, teen or child with IBS, or are a person with IBS with thoughts to share that would help family, friends, classmates, coworkers understand more about the challenges of living with moderate or severe IBS. Stories of self-advocacy are particularly of interest. Because the main website and this blog reach 91 countries worldwide, especially those where English is an official or major secondary language, we encourage international contributors who are able to write in English to participate and share experiences with IBS that are specific to culture, services and support systems for IBS in their home countries.
The IBS Impact administrators are also considering some future projects that may involve public awareness and are interested in hearing from people who are willing to be voices and faces for IBS and IBS Impact. None of your personal information or experiences will be used publicly without your explicit permission and involvement. However, because IBS Impact was founded, in part, specifically to encourage greater openness about IBS, we prefer to be able to use at least your first name.
If you are interested in contributing an article or becoming involved in public awareness, please use the contact links on the bottom of the home page of the main website. We look forward to hearing from you.