Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Advocacy Does Matter


About four or five years ago, when the first concept of a grassroots effort that eventually became IBS Impact in 2010 was taking shape and various people were discussing if advocacy and awareness by people with IBS could succeed, even IBSers who were initially interested would often ask questions like, “What is IBS advocacy anyway?” That question would become the title to one of this blog’s early posts on July 15, 2011. Several of the early members, including the IBS Impact founder, had had long experience in other health and disability rights communities and those of other social minority groups. We tried earnestly to explain tried and true principles of self-education and self-empowerment that had worked successfully for other groups and how we hoped this would help more people with IBS to be open, self-confident and assertive with family, friends, coworkers on an individual level, as well as eventually feel…

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