Recently I have been diagnosed with IBS (or my doctor thinks that is what I have)and I find I am having trouble coping with this illness. Before I became sick, I was able to do things without thinking about where a washroom was, but now it seems as if my life revolves around making sure I know where a washroom is no matter where I am. In the 50 days that I have been ill, it seems as if my life is not my own anymore. I am only 41 years old but feel as if life is passing me by. How does everyone cope with this? Does it get better? I would really appreciate hearing from others who have suffered from this.