I'm working on a chapter for my book-thing (just in case the "book" turns into a random collection of information not in a book form) and was wondering what encouragement I could give people for dealing with their G.I. illness. I'm not looking for treatments--like taking calcium or probiotics--but rather how do you deal with this on an emotional level on a daily basis? I'm quite aware that a lot of people don't get support from family and friends and I want to tell those people that they are not hypochondriacs or freaks of nature or drama queens. Have you done something that has convinced people that you are sick? Do you take solace in religion? Do you generally ignore people and go your own way? Are there books or things (other than the Forum, which is obvious) that have helped you cope? How have you dealt with doctors that are dismissive, or how did you find a good one?
I thought this would be a good post too for people on the board, especially our newest members, who are going through this right now.