“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…”

This childhood rhyme played over and over again in my head this morning as I stared at the date on my phone and tried to piece together how on earth it came to be the last day of April.

I had big plans for April… plans to write up a series of blog posts about my struggle with IBS and dive full-force into my experience with the low FODMAP diet. But alas life does not always go according to plan…

Turns out, finding the words to sum up 7 years of pain (both physical and emotional), frustration, and confusion is easier said than done.

So instead, I’m sitting here on the last day of April, scrambling to form semi-cohesive sentences from years of built-up thoughts and feelings. Again, easier said than done.

Why April, you ask? Well if you haven’t heard by now, April is IBS Awareness Month. And while I wholeheartedly believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a topic that deserves year-round recognition, I couldn’t sit back and watch this month come and go without letting my voice be heard. After all, this condition has affected my life in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I know that I’m not alone in feeling that way. (more…)