Hi Sarah, thanks for your feedback. You’re right, I wrote it just prior to surgery, and finished it just after so it was quite an emotional time. However, I also wanted to sincerely convey what i felt. I tend to write mainly factual articles, but on this occasion I wanted to show that pain and the recovery from BPD are not necessarily based on scientific facts, but truths that have to be discovered by the person themselves. By default, this messy business of reality is felt on an emotional and personal level, and so I thought its important to tell this side of the story as well.

As for your question, heavy-duty medication, causing chronic obstruction, which then caused a bowel deformity. I thought I’d spare readers such details, because I’m not so interested in the cause of an event, rather than how the mind reacts to an event.

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