If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then the IBS Companion program will help you feel validated, lighten your stress and help others to realize just what you are going through – hopefully resulting in compassion and consideration that you deserve.
As if suffering from IBS isn’t bad enough…
Explaining Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and treatment to partner, family and friends is not always easy. This insightful recording (on CD or MP3) is provided for IBS patients who wish to share information with their families or colleagues about living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Also a useful recording for physicians / gastroenterologists to give to their patients and their families.
One of my patients, upon listening to this recording, told me that she cried, as it was the first time she felt validated by someone who understood her condition and its impact on her world. IBS had cost her a good deal of her life, and the recording was the first time she felt real empathy.
Another listener shares his experience with the IBS Companion when he wrote –
“If anyone knows Michael, let him know that his audio program CD for family and friends of the IBS patient really saved me. I had a family wedding in a distant state of a distant cousin. Of course, the entire extended family was attending, except me, due to IBS.
The family was not amused. But I sent them copies of the CD that explained IBS and all of them wrote back apologetically, saying they did not realize what an IBS person goes through.”
It is very gratifying to have feedback like this because it goes some way to show just how essential it is to have good communication between the IBS patient and those in your life. Through understanding your condition, you will lighten the weight of constant explanation, and through this, another avenue to help you feel as best as you can with your condition.
No doubt you are also dealing with family members, friends, co-workers and others who don’t quite know what to make of your condition.
This program is free with the IBS Audio Program 100
You may not have told them about it because it is uncomfortable and even humiliating to do so. So often, you may have had to explain to close friends or family that you are not feeling well, or that you need to have guaranteed bathroom access. How many times have you had to lie to co-workers or bosses, or social contacts, because it is just too embarrassing to go into the IBS explanation? And even when you do explain it to family members, they may become irritated, or frustrated at constantly having to deal with your problem, because then it becomes their problem as well. And of course, having to deal with less than sympathetic persons, just seems to add to your IBS symptoms. This IBS CD or mp3 support program may make life a little easier for you
My name is Michael Mahoney and as I listened to all the IBS patients I have treated over the years, the aspect of dealing with family members and others takes a real toll on your life. Patients became tired of trying to explain their IBS to others only to be given comments like, “just don’t eat bad food” – when you have explained that it isn’t a particular food that causes it, or perhaps they tell you they had the same thing last week, and you’ll get over it, or they tell you to quit obsessing and thinking about it, or that you have brought it on yourself – the comments ranging from trying to be helpful, to downright cruel, are many – and I have heard them all.
The IBS Companion speaks of the humiliations, fears, medical evaluation embarrassments and ordeals that an IBS patient must go through, and how the family can help the patient, rather than add to their distressing situation.
I also mentioned that one of my patients, upon listening to this recording, told me that she cried, as it was the first time she felt validated by someone who understood her condition and its impact on her world. IBS had cost her a good deal of her life, and the recording was the first time she felt real empathy.