This site is dedicated to spread Gastroparesis awareness through new information and news regarding treatment, blog articles, fundraisers, and personal experiences. Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents. It does not involve blockages or obstructions. With no awareness, we will have no research, and no cure. Currently, there is no cure for Gastroparesis and the treatments for it involve medications with horrific side effects to extreme surgical procedures that may not help at all.
In 2012, a friend of mine suggested that I see another GI doctor as I had been having GI issues since high school. I had been blindly following what doctors had been telling me for five years previously, so what would be the harm in getting another opinion? This was the first time I became my own advocate. I started doing research and found a GI doctor covered by my husband's health insurance, close to our house. I made an appointment and started doing research online about my symptoms. I began to take down questions to bring with me to ask the doctor. I didn't get all of my medical records together because there were scattered in so many different places. My doctor in my hometown had hundreds of pages on me alone, my file was the size of a textbook!
I went to the GI doctor and I was vomiting with really bad nausea and abdominal pain. He told me to go downstairs and that he would admit me through the emergency room. I was admitted for eight days, total. During my stay, I had a Gastric Emptying Test done. I had never had one of these before and I did not really know what the doctor was testing for. He came into my room and told me that I had Gastroparesis, in March of 2012. That news changed my life.
When I was discharged, I started doing research on Gastroparesis and could only find two different websites, outside of the Mayo Clinic, that had information. From then on out, I decided to become an advocate to spread awareness about Gastroparesis. I started my blog to chronicle my medical history as well as to share information that others might not find elsewhere, and I started Facebook pages and groups. I am proud to see so many new resources for Gastroparesis online now!