Today, we’re going to talk about the emotional aspect of a SIBO diagnosis.
Stages of grief
When you have a chronic illness, it’s normal to go through the different stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. For most of us who have a more chronic or recurring case of SIBO, we often feel a greater sense of loss when our condition doesn’t resolve after a round of treatment.
Grief is different for every person and these stages aren’t linear. They don’t occur in an even pathway and you may experience all of these multiple times in a day and you may remain in one of the five stages for months. But one thing is for sure, you can do something to overcome the grief cycle.
What to do about grief?
SIBO patients are often not educated on the role that grief plays in their SIBO diagnosis. But what can we do to overcome it?
The first thing that you need to do is to acknowledge that it’s totally fine to grieve. Getting support from your friends, family and other SIBOers will help you understand your condition even more.
Undertaking grief counselling with a practitioner who has experience in dealing with chronic conditions could be a really great investment. If you feel that you’re getting stuck in the grief cycle and you can’t find your way out, talking with an experienced professional who can guide you out of it could be money well spent.
Always remember that you don’t need to do this on your own. That’s why our SIBO Coaching Support Group is here to allow you to interact with other SIBOers who know exactly what it’s like to feel grief over a chronic illness.