Diagnosis IBS

Daniëlle`s story

Daniëlle Wemijer was at the end of her teenage years and had to deal with a lot of stress. Eventually, that had an effect on her intestines. Which resulted in a flat line in her social life, to quote her. She has been guided by IBD Free Life for over a year and she is doing great.

“My thoughts no longer only go out to my intestines”

The 28-year-old dental hygienist assistant from Coevorden did not suffer from complaints in her childhood. Due to stress, I started to suffer from intestinal complaints. “That meant that I had to change what I eat and drink a full day before I could go and visit someone, for example. I suffered from chronic diarrhoea and was diagnosed with IBS. This meant for me that after consuming food or drink I always had to go to the bathroom 15 minutes after. I always had to be close to a bathroom.”
“Luckily I was able to work because I knew that I could always go to the bathroom in time and I have a flexible employer. Other than that I was not able to do anything. My entire social life was becoming non-existent.”

Receiving a label

She entered the medical circuit, consulted doctors, specialist and even a hypnotist. The result? She was given diarrhoea inhibitors and the statement that she just had to learn to live with it.
I was only 28 years old and that was not the message I was waiting for. Via, via, I came in touch with IBD Free Life and I scheduled an appointment with Jeroen. Immediately, it felt like I was in the right place. He listened to me and told me truthfully what he was able to offer me and planned out a trajectory. His explanation of anatomy, the connection between intestines, body and mind and the inner workings of the intestines were exceptionally clear, says Daniëlle.

“IBS was a label that I had received. I am going to help you get rid of your label Jeroen added.”

After filling out a questionnaire, I had to do blood and stool tests. The results showed that Daniëlle was not suffering from any parasites of fungi. She was prescribed supplements for additional vitamins and minerals, which she was lacking. That was the cause why her intestines were not functioning properly. After the tests, she had a consultation with the nutritionist.

Between brackets

“I had to follow a certain diet, even though I would like to put the word diet in between brackets. It turned out that I was not suffering from a gluten allergy, so I did not have to completely stop eating wheat or gluten. But I do have to eat low in gluten, which turned out to be quite the challenge in the beginning. Because I love eating bread. I used to eat a lot of spelt bread, but that had to change. In the end, it was not as hard as I imagined it to be because I was already used to watch what kind of food and drink I consumed. It did not turn my life upside down and I thought it was manageable in the end.“

“Besides I was monitored well in the beginning. After a few weeks, it went better. I was taking different supplements and after a while, I could taper off the diarrhoea inhibitors.”

“It was going well, but then came a point at which I stagnated. That is quite difficult, heavy and also a tad emotional. It is doing something with you. You have a flying start and then suddenly nothing changes. I was told that my intestines are still searching. In my case, I will always know that my weak spot is my intestines and that will never change.”

Almost everything

“Meanwhile, I am tapering off the supplements and soon I will have the last consultation with Roelie. During that consultation, we are going to evaluate my journey. I know that I have to continue with my diet but that is alright. I feel great and I am confident to step into my car and eat something. Without having to worry about where the nearest bathroom is. That is such a pleasant realisation. I am actually able to do everything I was able to do ten years ago.”

Written by Erik Riemens
Diagnosis IBS

Jo-Ann`s story

I am from a big Indonesian family where food is centralized. There always was plenty of food. If you came over unexpectedly and there was just enough, then more was made or ordered. After years of eating too much, my intestines stopped functioning properly, which meant everything was clogged.

To the family doctor? I was too embarrassed

I was immensely suffering from constipation and ashamed for it. I was so ashamed that I did not want to see a family doctor. Because of that, I kept experiencing pain, until I could no longer bear it.

A bag filled with medications

I discussed my complaints with my family doctor and soon I was standing in the pharmacy, prescription in hand. With a bag filled with medicine, I went back home. I meticulously followed my doctor`s advice. “If the medicine is not working properly, you can enhance the doses you are taking. He told me. The constipation complaints eventually disappeared but the pain in my stomach and the bloated feeling remained.

My health is in my own hands…with some help of the internet

Because the medication was not really working, I eventually stopped. It was time to decide for myself what would be best for my health. After my search on the internet for healthy nutrition, I decided to throw everything out that has to do with processed food. (Everything that came in a pack or bag) But what is next? There is so much information regarding healthy food and it all seems contradictory. I no longer see the wood for the trees. Doctor internet gave me a lot of stress which made me spiral back to my old nutrition pattern.

Changing for the better… for real this time

The reason to really change for the better was a hectic diagnosis within our family. Healthy food was a necessity and it gave me the strength to seriously tackle the problem. I was following the study program Orthomolecular therapist and there I learned everything about nutrition and the effects of nutrition on our body. To enhance my knowledge some more I am now following the study program Epiphysiological therapist.

Together on a supermarket safari

At IBD Free Life I am now teaching others with intestinal complaints new ways of eating. I do this in a few different ways: During a consultation, during a (private) cooking workshop, a supermarket safari or I am making nutritional charts with which I provide one guidance. That way I can help others gain control over their own stomach.

Diagnosis IBS

Roelie`s story

Even as a child I always suffered from a stomach ache. During my teenage years, I was diagnosed with a spastic colon. The advice I was offered: Eat more whole grain bread and drink a lot of water. There is not a lot more you could do, is what the doctor said. If I had known what I do now, it would have saved me a lot of pain.

From fascinated patient to cum laude graduate specialist

In 2015 I was suffering from a severe burn-out. I have drastically turned my life around. I quit my job and decided to do some research into nutrition and health. I became so fascinated that I decided to go back to university. Within 4 years I graduated cum laude from the HBO study program Basic Medical Knowledge and the study program Orthomolecular Epiphysiological therapist. In 2020 I will graduate as Epiphysiologist.

“Eat more whole grain bread and drink a lot of water. If I had known what I do now, it would have saved me a lot of pain……”

I now, know what is going wrong and how to fix it.

I know so much about the biochemistry of the human body. Where it can go wrong, but more important: how to solve the problem. As a therapist, I am guiding people with intestinal complaints for more than two years. Almost all success stories. At IBD Free Life I am a consultant but I am also the interpreter of the blood and stool tests.

Woman on a mission

I meet Jeroen during the study program Epiphysiology. We decided to combine our knowledge and experience. That is how IBD Free Life was born. Our goal? Reducing the number of people with intestinal complaints drastically. (1 in 4 people in the Netherlands)