I've had IBS-D for seven years now but was only diagnosed about two years ago. Like a lot of people, I was too embarrassed to tell my doctor or my mom what was going on. I would just say "I'm sick to my stomach." Recently, my sister started experiencing similar symptoms (though it turned out not to be IBS), and I finally had the courage to tell my mother and doctor just how bad it really is. It's only gotten worse in the last three years, and unfortunately, my mom is extremely reluctant to admit the severity of it, how I can't just 'tough it out' on days when it flares up, and that it's bad enough that I'm pretty much disabled. I'm currently in my senior year of high school; the only reason they haven't kicked me out for the number of absences I have is I manage to keep my grades up. I force myself through the day despite the pain just so I don't upset my mom by having to come home/stay home on a regular basis. I'm even on an altered schedule- I take one course online and have one free period- that allows me to go home early every day (I don't have my license yet, so my mom has to pick me up). I've still missed 25+ days of school, and we're hardly into the second semester.My IBS is outright disabling- chronic gastro upset and pain so bad it almost knocks me over several times a week. I don't know when I wake up if I'm going to have a flare up at 11AM, be fine all day, if the pain I'm having now is going to go away, get worse, etc. I have symptoms nearly every day and severe symptoms at least twice a week, and usually more, that keeps me out of commission for three hours or more. During my time of the month, I'm usually unable to function most of the week- that's after the stuff I'm on to keep the normal PMS symptoms at bay. Nothing my doctor has tried seems to help more than to curb the worst of it (most days), and from what my new specialist has said, it's not too promising. My diet feels like a square dance, I meditate, etc. and even though I can manage my symptoms a lot more than I used to be able to, it's still severe.My problem is thus: my bouts of pain are so erratic, unpredictable, and happen so often that I cannot get a typical job. I could get very sick, very suddenly in the middle of a shift and be out of commission for several hours and be calling in unable to come God knows how many times a month. So, what do I do about a job, an income? My dad died of leukemia last year and most of the household funds came through him. It would really take a load of stress off my mom if we had money coming in from not only her (when school is over and she can) but from me, and I was able to pay for some of my own things.The only job situation that is realistic right now, with the severity of my symptoms, is a situation where I can work from home. I don't know the first thing about that- what I would do, how I could get a job, etc. I plan on taking a year off before I go to college to take extra art classes before applying to the art school I desperately want to attend (to bolster my chances of getting in, among other things), and I really don't want to be a financial burdon on my mom during that time.Any advise? This has really been stressing me out lately (I'm up at 5AM for the fifth night in a row, unable to sleep from anxiety), and as I said before, my mom refuses to talk about it. I don't know what to do or who to ask for help.