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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gastroparesis and Me + Mayo Clinic Updates

I logged into Facebook today and got a really nice surprise. Tanya, from GASTROPARESIS AND ME posted this,

Gastroparesis is not something to turn away from. This digestive disease doesn't care what you have planned for your life. GP does what it can to debilitate, destroy, torture, and wreak havoc in any way it can. http://www.GastroparesisAndME.com/ for medical links and personal stories, as well as support from others like Emily and her effort to support others with GP. Thank you Em for all you do!!!

It wasn't over yet. She contacted me and asked me if I could help out her organization. I was elated! Tanya does really great things in the Gastroparesis community like trying to get legislation passed for Gastroparesis, updated medical news, and trying to spread awareness. I agreed, because it's an honor to work with her. I am not an admin of her GASTROPARESIS AND ME FACEBOOK GROUP as well as an admin on GASTROPARESIS AND ME'S TWITTER ACCOUNT. I'm currently working on trying to get her more "likes" on Facebook. She had 200ish when I started working on her page a few hours ago and it just hit 245. I hope more people will like her page because what she does is very important.

She also linked my blog along with LaShelle's from her website (posted above in the second sentence). You can click Emily's Stomach on her website and it will take you directly to my blog. I am really excited about that! When I started my blog, I never knew it would be this popular! I'm amazed and dazzled by all of you who read it. You really help me in ways you might never know. <3 I'm also working with another group that will eventually become a non-profit for gastroparesis but I can't talk about it right now. I'll announce it when it finally happens and we can all celebrate together! I finally heard from the Mayo Clinic. They set up appointments for me the first week of May. On the first day that I'm there, they're going to put a small tube down my nose and into my throat. Here's the diagram that came with my schedule:


I'm a bit nervous because they are going to do it while I'm awake, using numbing spray on my throat. I've been vomiting so violently and so much that I'm scared I'm going to vomit all over the person who is sticking that down my throat. The doctor wants to know if I'm vomiting up stomach acid. He has a suspicion that the acid is making the motility problems worse. I'll know more once the test is completed and I meet with him the day after. He mentioned stomach surgery before if the medication didn't work. I'm nervous but mainly I just want some answers so that I can go back to school in the fall. I can't take labs vomiting as much as I am now.

I took a picture of myself yesterday during a GP Attack that hasn't let up yet. So here is the Emo picture I took during my attack:



Overall, despite being ill, I've had a pretty good day full of good news. I'm very thankful for my friends and family. They lift me up when I feel discouraged. I did yesterday and everyone on Facebook tried to cheer me up - and it worked. I went to bed smiling.

My blog has had over 14,000 views! I can't thank you enough for reading. When I started this blog, I did it to keep track of my medical journey, tests, and hospital visits. I decided to write to help others through my own experiences - especially unnecessary tests. My blog has continued to evolve and I get messages telling me how much my blog has helped people. I want to say thank you. When I'm isolated at home because of GP, I can still feel productive and useful. I've always wanted to help others and I've always wanted to be a writer. I just never imagined that I would be a writer about a little understood and known illness.
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