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Picture Your IBS and Enter to Win

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Picture My IBS. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All experiences belong to my loved ones, and are not representative of everyone’s experience. I want to spread awareness.

Do you or someone you know suffer from IBS? Submit your #PictureMyIBS artwork and enter to #win prizes! Share your story. Submit your artwork for a chance to win a trip to NYC. #ad

I remember the first time I heard about IBS, because I had both a relative and a close friend with the chronic condition. I didn’t understand a lot about it, and I feared that maybe I had it or would have it someday since I tend to have a nervous stomach. I know now that my symptoms had nothing to do with IBS and were nauseous feelings related to anxiety. It took me a long time to see a doctor about my symptoms, so I can understand the reluctance that IBS sufferers have to discuss their bowel movements with their doctors. When they do, though, they can find relief and support – both a long time coming.

I know what it’s like to feel trapped by your body – unable to feel you can live a normal life.

Picture Your IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects nearly 35 MILLION people in the United States alone. Misinformation and self-treatment cycles are leading people to suffer with IBS for years, or even decades, before finally seeing a doctor. It can be a difficult and embarrassing topic for people to talk about, even to their own doctors.

People haven’t been talking about it enough. Until now.

Picture My IBS is a new initiative that offers people a new way to express their feelings about the impact of IBS on their lives. You can create an original piece of artwork in whichever form allows you to best express yourself and your IBS journey – whether it be a painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, or other type of artwork that meets the contest guidelines.

Picture My IBS was created by The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and aims to help those with IBS find a more comfortable way to communicate with their doctors, to share their IBS journey with others and to show others that they are not alone. These pieces of art are being shared by real people living with IBS, and will help elevate public awareness and shine a light on the many ways IBS affects people’s lives.

More big news is that a panel of judges will evaluate the art submissions and the Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to a luxury hotel and spa in NYC. Five Honorable Mention winners will receive a $100 American Express gift card.

Share your own IBS-inspired art work or encourage a loved one to do the same – as part of the Picture My IBS initiative. You or your loved one could win one of many exciting prizes. Visit Picture My IBS for more info.

I made my own art submission – to try to understand this struggle.

I love collages, and trying to channel many emotions and feelings at once. I have to admit – Scarlet helped a lot. Her eyes lit up at the chance to do an art project, even one that highlighted a syndrome. I think that made her more interested.

So, what do you think? Are you going to enter the contest?

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THE SPONSORS OF THE CONTEST ARE ALLERGAN USA, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT HARBORSIDE FINANCIAL CENTER; PLAZA V, SUITE 1900; JERSEY CITY, NJ 07302; IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT 301 BINNEY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02142; AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IS $6,500. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON NUMBER AND QUALITY OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2017. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT PICTUREMYIBS.ORG.

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20 Comments

  1. This is such a wonderful initiative. A podcast personality has this condition and he really opened my eyes about the various symptoms of the condition. I could totally use a luxury hotel and spa trip right here in NYC. 🙂

  2. I love what you came up with and also the fact that you are sharing this very important campaign to try and help bring more light to the condition of IBS. Bravo my friend and job well done!! 🙂

  3. Great initiative. I’ve had IBS since I was 18. It was debilitating pretty much in my 20’s. After having 2 kids, it did get better (they say sometimes pregnancy helps). Then I got divorced, and that helped the stress component too. Knowing your body, knowing the triggers and knowing your strategies is so important. This will really help educate people so they don’t feel so alone. Thank you!

  4. I’ve heard about IBS and while I don’t have it or know anyone with it, this is a great way to bring awareness. BTW love your collage and love that you’re sharing it here with others.

  5. Beautiful artwork!!! I really like the purple one. I couldn’t imagine having IBS. Knowing that you could have that very urgent need to go to the potty at any time would suck. This is a great initiative ☺

    1. Ooh, me too. I LOVE purple in art.
      IBS seems pretty scary to me, but I’m glad there seems to be relief. I have friends with worse stomach ailments. 🙁

  6. What a great idea. I had IBS after I graduated from college, and it lasted until I had my first baby. It really is so difficult to live with.

    1. That’s nuts that it went away after pregnancy for you! That happened to a few other people on here too. I’m so glad you don’t have it now!

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