Okay, am quite new to the website...thanks to all who were so kind to welcome me. Am having an awful but unfortunately typical IBS weekend. I know that this may sound drastic but I would really appreciate your advice on the following...My IBS has gotten so bad over the past couple of months that it's been preventing me from various social occassions--nothing new other that these days the mere thought of going out, making plans with friends, etc makes me become very anxious. The first thing that comes to my mind is how I don't have time for hanging out (since I need to be taking care of my IBS--meaning going to the gym and preparing my food), and two: how I will feel awful while hanging out with friend (for full description I suggest you read Volatile's account of IBS/gym/social life from yesterday). Volatile-I am completely with you there. Reading your account was like reading my mind. Anyhow, I have been thinking hard about something...have been thinking of emailing my few closest friends and letting them know how I will not have time to see them in the next few weeks or so...that I need time to take care of my miserable disorder. I would suggest to see them on weekends or so. Now, please tell me...does this sound crazy to you? Drastic? You see, my friends know me as an energetic person, a get-goer who always takes too much on herself, and, in addition to many other things, a crazy dancer. these things all used to be true but honestly, I have been feeling like 1/4 of my old self. this, unfortunately, I am having trouble conveying to others. What do you think? Please help!My priorities in life these days are work--cause I have to make my living, and 2-gym, cause I have to take care of my body (for IBS and aesthetic reasons).thanks, thanks!