Part II: Fantasy Cruising / A Ship For Us – I Propose: An IBS-themed Cruise

Part II: Fantasy Cruising   A Ship For Us - I Propose: An IBS-themed Cruise   Special Features: 1. Latest speakers on what's available on the IBS research forefront 2. Lots to eat or nothing at all-your choice! 3. Meals on Demand- Whenever you want to eat...you eat! 4. A whole deck devoted to the most advanced toilets: different toilets and flushes from around the world! 5. Complaint Hour- Everyone has a chance to complain away and the audience is sympathetic and fascinated-sign up now, spaces are limited 6. A special room for non-IBS spouses, friends and family members for a much-needed break and much, much more!   Also featuring: friendly, non-judgemental, licensed trained psychologists on board to treat phobias, coping mechanisms, family relationships-no extra charge!   1. Dr. Smith - phobia specialist Afraid of going on that excursion? Come on in! 2. Dr. Jones - cognitive behavior therapy and BS specialist Hours: Any time! 3. Dr. Cohen - Family Dynamics and IBS Hours: At Your Convenience   Evening Entertainment Will Include:   (comedian talking) "How embarrassing was it?" IBS comedians - Come on, there's a wealth of material here!   All tour buses for excursions equipped with large, clean bathrooms (tour bus) Go-Go Tours "You can go with us"   The poetically-named "Passing Wind Room" (sound-proofed, of course!) Welcome! IBSeas Passing Wind Room   Electric Fans Speakers to muffle sound

I only attempted cruising as a vacation option later in life. I had been fearful for so long that I would not be able to partake of most of the “cruising life”, including eating, shore excursions, and socializing. Compound those fears with the fear of becoming seasick, and it was not an option for me for a long time. It turns out that I was partially correct with my fears. In my previous cartoon about cruising with IBS, I tried to explore some of the difficulties I experienced, mostly about eating meals. That led me to thinking about what would have made it an optimal experience for me. Of course, that goes under the heading, “fantasy cruising”, and has no basis in reality. But part of me wonders if there might not be a market for a vacation/cruise that caters to people with intestinal issues? We cannot conform to the rigorous routines that “normal” people have. And yet, why not a vacation geared towards us? There are many themed cruises out there which started me thinking, and that led to this latest cartoon. A vacation like this is not limited to a cruise…it could be on land also!

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