*Are you one of the millions of people in the UK suffering from digestive problems?
*Feeling nervous or embarrassed and unsure where to turn for help?
*Or do you just want to learn more about how to keep your gut healthy?
GUT WEEK August 19th – 25th
Gut week is the annual digestive health awareness campaign, organised by Core ( fighting gut and liver disease) http://www.corecharity.org.uk/ and the IBS Network (supporting people with irritable bowel disease) http://www.theibsnetwork.org/ in association with Yacult UK Limited.
It is supported by Bowel cancer UK and St Marks Hospital Foundation.
Call 020 8839 3258, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit http://www.gutweek.org.uk for your FREE information pack
Thousands of patients have commented over the years how difficult it is at first for others to take their symptoms seriously. People think it’s a laugh – rushing to the loo all the time, always carrying a change of underwear. When they realise that you have such a lot of pain and that sometimes you don’t even make it to the loo they see it is no laughing matter. As one patient powerfully observed in a letter to Core, “You could die of embarrassment”!
I have to admit that I didn’t appreciate bowel incontinence until I had a severe bout of food poisoning a few years ago and experienced probably the most embarrassing moment of my life. I was in a friends house and staying for the first time and found myself having bowel incontinence – it came without warning as I stood up in my friends sitting room. Thankfully she was incredibly kind and only showed concern and helped me sort myself out and has never mentioned it since.One of my patients who has severe Crohn’s disease had been turned down for a ‘blue badge’ and she had described severe bowel incontinence so after this episode I made a strong appeal which was upheld. My experience was a mere 2 days I cannot imagine how terrible it is to live with it.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, The IBS Network can help. We are a membership charity, so while you can get a lot of information for free from our website, by joining us you not only enable us to continue our work, but you also gain access to the following benefits: