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Living with Ibd & Ibs: A Personal Journey of Success [Paperback]

Elizabeth A. Roberts
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July 1 2006
You may not think anything about IBD or IBS is funny, until you read Elizabeth Roberts' account of her emotional roller-coaster ride as she learned to live successfully with these illnesses. After spending most of her honeymoon on St. Bart's in the bathroom, Roberts returned home determined to find out what had happened to her dream life. After months of tests, her doctors told her she had IBD and IBS and had to learn to live with these debilitating diseases.

But no one told her how! After she hit bottom, physically and emotionally, Roberts decided that to get her life back she would have to find the way herself. This book recounts her journey-sometimes painfully, sometimes humorously-through the process of learning to live successfully with IBD and IBS.

Follow Roberts on her journey as she learns to understand the needs of her body; participates in special diets; engages in support groups; and integrates Reiki, yoga, meditation, and exercise into her daily routine of success. If you, a family member, a lover, or a friend have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, this book is a must read. You too can start to live again!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Got th read Sept. 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Your not alone someone else out there has gone threw what you are. That's what this book was all about for me. It is well written easy to read and you really feel what this woman is going threw in her body and mind. Anyone with Crohns would sit back read enjoy and have a few "Who I really know what she feels like " moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for the newly diagnosed April 16 2008
By T. G. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth Roberts provides an excellent first-hand account of having to learn of and then deal with UC/IBS. As a newly diagnosed member of the "UC Club," I was heartened to learn of her ability to manage this combination of maladies and get on with her life. Elizabeth is kind enough to provide a number of online sources for information and support as well as her own personal tips/tricks for dealing with an IBD.

I definitely recommend this book, especially to the newly diagnosed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Live With IBD and IBS Aug. 25 2006
By LEEM - Published on Amazon.com
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Living with IBD & IBS: A Personal Journey of Success
This book should get 10 stars! I am a nurse who suffers with IBD (microscopic colitis) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), along with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Elizabeth gets right down to the nitty gritty regarding symptoms, dealing with doctors, alternative therapies, interpersonal relationships and is not afraid to lay it all out there. I just finished rereading this book and have recommended it to my internist. I have found it to be a lifesaver!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey worth taking Aug. 8 2006
By Kenneth R. Haber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read many articles on the internet and several books on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This is clearly the best of the best. This is a beautifully written book that chronicles Elizabeth Robert's journey from a person with an unclear health situation to a diagnosis and on to the depths of despair and back again. The book is written in a caring and relatable way that includes a holistic view of self management and awareness. The author puts herself out front in an honest and open way. A broad base of personal health management techniques are presented to include traditional medicine, Reiki, meditation, special diets, exercise, etc. The book is full of helpful suggestions and resources for anyone to pursue. This book is a must read for anyone with an immune system disorder, abdominal disease, or a general complex health condition. This book will make you laugh and cry, but most importantly will give you hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping emotional roller-coaster ride Dec 9 2006
By Jeffrey D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth Roberts' skill as a journalist and public relations writer are matched perfectly with this personal emotional story of Elizabeth initially being diagnosed with IBD and then IBS followed by her own techniques for coping. I was mesmerized by her story because Elizabeth eloquently describes how a strong healthy career woman suddenly learns and then understands what it is like to have to cope with these troubling chronic conditions. Her style is approachable as if she is talking directly to you. She shares with us her fears and her triumphs. Doing so provides an honest account of how one's quality of life is altered. Elizabeth provides helpful Tips and Information at the end of each chapter which do a nice job at capturing the key messages of each chapter. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 24 2008
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is by far the best book on ibs/ibd that I have read. It is not only a very well told personal memoir on healing but also a roadmap for others with similar digestive problems to follow. The author talks openly about her struggles with her disease and draws lessons from her struggles that are not so much precise prescriptions for what others should do to help themselves control their disease but the kinds of approaches and attitudes towards healing that will help them as they figure out what works for them. It is a book that encompasses physcial, emotional and spiritual issues that are raised by the disease and that can be addressed through healings techniques both traditional and non-traditional. Chronic diseases challenge people to look not just for a cure that will rid them of the disease, although that would always be nice, but to find ways in which to learn to live a full life with the disease. Elizabeth Roberts has done just that and she shares her story and the lessons learned from it so others might be able to do that too.
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