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Monday, April 9, 2018

Addressing Emails Written to Me

I wanted to thank everyone for their emails. I am so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you and to answer them. I am currently trying to answer as many as I can tonight, but will spend tomorrow trying to get you answers as well, if you still need them. I have emails going back to August. I want to apologize to all who have sent me emails. I hate making excuses but maybe if you understand what I'm going through, you'll understand.

I had to have several back surgeries. Because I bend repetitively to vomit, which is a reflex I cannot stop, I have slipped a disc, which lead to sciatica. It was very painful and resulted in a series of Facet Injections and then I had an RFA done on both sides of my spine to burn the nerves. It did help, greatly! The sciatica went away and I felt much better but I was having procedure after procedure because the doctor wanted to be safe and not do the RFA at the same time for both sides.

On top of all of that, my Gastroparesis has been really rough. I fell about two weeks ago, because my cat jumped on the bed and clawed my leg really hard and it startled me, so I jumped and hit my head on my nightstand and hurt myself pretty bad. I landed on my lamp and destroyed it, cutting myself on the bulb and glass shards. I also ripped the battery of my Spinal Cord Stimulator out of the pocket my doctor made for it. The battery is supposed to lay flat, but with me, it's protruding out of my back at about a 45 degree angle and is rather painful. So, I am working on getting this fixed.

These images made me laugh and I wanted to share them, especially the Simpson's one. I do feel like I'm under construction, but I'm going to fight through these surgeries and my Gastroparesis, and come out STRONGER!

Even though I have a lot going on - I Promise that I WILL check my email at: at least once a week on Mondays, if not more. I will definitely promise that. I am still catching up on emails and have already written some of you back. Please don't stop emailing me. If you have a question, I will do my best to answer it or refer you to someone who can. I love getting your emails. If I don't reply right away, please just be patient with me.

For those who have sent me their TIMELINES:

I have them and thank you so much for taking the time to do them and send them to me! I have a lot of them to go through but I cannot wait to go through them and let you guys know if I find any patterns or anything interesting. I know it's subjective because it's not medical records, and people's memories can be tricky, but it might spark a conversation or inspire doctors to do a research project like this regarding Gastroparesis.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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