The main impetus for Cheeky was initially my chronic constipation and journey with IBS. For reasons not entirely clear to me, my body doesn't poop without encouragement. This is a truth I was late to discover -- late I think because we do not talk about poop enough (especially the fact that women poop).
My first memory of pooping is pushing so hard I thought I saw thunder bolts. Suffice to say, I was heavily constipated. Not only was the act of pooping terribly burdensome for me, but it was also quite rare. Maybe once a week if anything.
I had no idea this pattern was less than ideal.
Growing up and becoming more aware of my body, I felt pretty bloated and large most of the time -- feelings I now know were result of intense constipation. My first few experiences with D.A.D.S (day after drinking shits) in college revealed this truth -- my nights 'out' in high school consisted of a tub of cookie dough, four close friends, and 30 Rock, so alcohol and the poops it brings was a very new concept. I began to understand that my body was depriving me of one of life's most gratifying joys: POOPING, morning poops specifically.
With this realization, the hunt for my poop began.
The gut is a fickle thing with mystery at every intestinal turn. I went to many doctors and was ultimately given the unfulfilling diagnosis of IBS. With not much to work with, I was left to my own devices: google and the nearest pharmacy. As you can imagine, this sparked some interesting/rough trial and error scenarios.
act of desperation #1:
act of desperation #2:
Stay tuned for my more sustainable and pleasant solutions to constipation coming tomorrow!