"I've had hemorrhoids for about 10 years. They come and go, but I'm always on edge about them. They're embarrassing. For a long time, I felt like I couldn't talk to anyone about them, not even my doctor. My husband knew I had hemorrhoids but we didn't discuss it. When I had a flare-up, I didn't want anyone to touch me. I felt so dirty and I guess I felt ashamed. It was hard on our relationship."
"Finally, I talked to my doctor and she told me some ways to manage the pain and itching. I also learned that a lot of people have hemorrhoids and it's not something to be so embarrassed about. Now I can talk to my husband about how I'm feeling and I don't feel so alone."