GERI LAROSE'S PERSONAL STORY

February 12, 2016 Gastroparesis

I am a 36 year old female who was diagnosed with Gastroparesis two years ago while completing my final year of graduate school while working full time at a Fortune 500 company reporting to a Chief Executive.  During this time period, I experienced my body (and mind) completely collapsing.  I was unable to eat and when I did it I became incredibly ill.  There were also periods of days and weeks were I could barely get out of bed.  The stomach cramping and brain fog were terrible.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  After several tests and months, I received the diagnosis of Gastroparesis.  FINALLY, there was a name for what I was going through.


Once I received my diagnosis, I immediately began doing research.  What was Gastroparesis?  Was there a cure?  Would I ever feel normal again? All sorts of questions began racing through my mind.  There is a tremendous amount of negativity floating around the internet in regards to Gastroparesis.  In spite of this, I was determined to keep fighting and searching for a better quality of life.  I am not one to take a challenge laying down and Gastroparesis was my new challenge to overcome.


After several months of living on smoothies a friend urged me to locate a massage therapist that specialized in chronic illness and digestive massage.  Thankfully I found one and her treatments were invaluable in the early days/months of my diagnosis.  An acupuncturist practiced at the same center, so I began to see him.  These two truly revolutionized my life.  I also began seeing a nutritionist and completely rehauled my diet. 


After several months of my self-made treatment plan, I began to experience a turn around.  I was performing at a high level at work again.  I was able to exercise. I was able to eat solid food.  The change has truly been amazing. 


Throughout all of this, I tried to maintain a positive attitude (easier said than done) and began to blog about my daily life with Gastroparesis atwww.adventureswithgastroparesis.com.  I wanted others who were early in their diagnosis to find positivity and someone who could find the humor in what we deal with.  I also wanted a reference point for caretakers and friends, so that they could have insight into daily life with Gastroparesis. 


I have now reached the point where I could complete my goal of running a half marathon (Check out Geri's DHA Fundraiser for her Half Marathon- she exceeded her fundraising goal!!).  I may have Gastroparesis, but I have no complaints.  I have made some amazing friends that I would have never met otherwise!


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Fixed, thank you!


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If you click the link for the blog it takes you towww.adventureswithgastroparesis.orginstead of .com

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