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Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc.
November 14, 2012

I have been diagnosed with gastropareis since 2007. My freshmen year of college. when i kept throwing up and the diarehia i didnt know what was happening to me. I ended up going to the hospital the Dr. there thought I was anerexic. I tried to explain to him i cant keep my food down. They just gave a prev pav to take 14 days. I was scared and went from 148 pounds to 98 pounds in a month or two. I really thought I was going to die. But someone preferred me to a GI Dr. they gave me the test where u eat the scramble eggs and have to lay down for two hours so they can watch how long it takes to digest your food. Right of the bat after taking the test getting the results he knew it was gastroparesis. i was happy that they found out what it was. i would think to myself i will be able to live and eat and get strong again. at the same time my boyfriend and i were starting to date. needless to say even though i threw up my food on our first valentines day and many other days. he was always there beside me giving me support and comfort. We just made it to our six year anniversary this year on Oct. 31 2012.If it wasnt for him i would have gone crazy. My eating improved after i took reglan for a week before i had blurry vision side effect, so they had to take me off of it. and on motillium. for five and half years i was doing good till Sept. 11, 2012 I started to have severe stomach pain.mit was Gastroparesis acting up i went back to my same dr. again and now im on the gastroparesis diet it has helped a lot. the pain eased up. i have a follow up appointment Nov 20 th. the only things i fear are: hoe long will this diet help me, will i get it even more severe than what it is now, not knowing if i have to get surgery or not, feeding tubes, stomach pacer, im not sure but i have asked my boyfriend is still gonna stay with me even though i have a chronic illness, he said, "yes i will be with you like i did at the biggening when it first started to the end..." so i hope i have a long life and that one day there will be better ways of treating this illness. this organization helped me in dealing with the sadness i had when i found out that this illness doesnt go away, made me laugh, suggestions on how other people who have the same thing i have deal with their own troubles of eating, change of diet, dresssing for comfort, and better ways of dealing with the symptoms of gastroparesis. I would like to thank them in helping me understand and deal with this chronic illness.

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