Missed an Event Because of IBS-D? Don’t Worry What Others Think

Missed an Event Because of IBS-D? Don’t Worry What Others Think
My challenge was to tell this tale discreetly, without too many gross details, and still have my readers understand the horrifying situation I’m describing. But given that most of my readers also have fibromyalgia, and that I'm describing the results of a common symptom, I’m guessing you’ll fill in any missing information. A week ago, my husband and I went to meet friends for lunch. It was a farewell celebration for a couple who are moving to another state. The restaurant parking lot was full when we arrived, so we parked two blocks away. As I got out of the car, the effects of my irritable bowel syndrome associated with diarrhea (IBS-D) struck full force. Because I’d been prepared (both with my clothing and with what I’d carried in my purse), I thought I could repair the situation at the restaurant. But a half block away it struck again, more forcefully this time. Needless to say, we had to cancel our lunch. It was sad to miss the last opportunity to wish our departing friends good luck in their new home. Rescheduling (the story of my life) was not an option. Truthfully, my focus was more on the abdominal cramps I was having at the time than on any emotions I was feeling. I remember the first time such an event occurred. It was nearly half a century ago. At that time, my illness caused us to miss the wedding of my husband’s best friend. I was devastated. More than that, I was filled with guilt and shame. On this and subsequent occasions, people were told only that I was ill — not the particular symptom I was having. In a way, that made the situation worse. I worried there were folks who wondered why I didn’t come regardless of how I was feeling. I considered myself weak be
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