Gastroparesis hit me like a bolt of lightning. It kicked the life out of me. One day feeling ok-the next unable to eat anything and barely drink. I thought it would go away in a day or two...but I was sooo wrong.
I had crazy, unrelenting symptoms that no one could explain or correct. I questioned whether people even believed me.
For months I struggled with severe pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue and dehydration. It was like have the “stomach flu” every day, that never went away. EVER!
Doctors ran tests and prescribed medication but it was no match for whatever was happening to my body. Nothing was helping.
All the while, I continued to lose weight, became malnourished and was Barely able to do normal daily functions.
After losing 50% of my total body weight, I required surgery to insert a feeding tube and began getting life sustaining nourishment from tube feedings.
This debilitating disease not only affects physical health but total well-being, including mental, emotional and spiritual health.
I felt my life was spiraling out of control
This was not the life I had envisioned for myself.
I felt life (as I knew it) was being stolen by GP, and I was determined to improve my quality of life in spite of my disease.
So began my journey.
I educated myself about the disease and became my own advocate. In addition to my physicians treatments, I incorporated reflexology, essentialnoils, acupuncture, massage therapy and yoga into my life.
But the biggest change came when I started meditating. Meditation transformed my physical, mental and spiritual health.
It has been years now since this Gastroparesis journey began.
I’ve Had multiple surgeries and still have my feeding tube.
I still have daily pain and nausea.
But, my life is a great one.
I teach Meditation classes, practice gratitude, and have much to be thankful for. I see obstacles as opportunities. And, I believe everything happens for a reason.
In some mysterious way, Gastroparesis has been a gift and it is my job to use It to help other people who struggle with Gastroparesis or some other “invisible” disease.
I support Gastroparesis awareness.
We need more research.
I am fighting for a cure.