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I was always able to eat anything I wanted without gaining any weight. I was and still am very athletic and in shape. I am only 16 years old and got diagnosed with gastroparesis April of 2014. My symptoms began in January, and I was tested for many different types of bacterial infections but every result was normal. My everyday symptoms were dizziness, nausea, headache, abdominal pain, weight loss, and exhaustion. Since my diagnosis, ive realized that it is hard to enjoy everyday activities without having a fear of throwing up. Though I’ve only thrown up once since my diagnosis, it is always a thought in my mind. Activities such as going to school everyday are very difficult for me most of the time. I have changed my diet to a gluten free diet. My mom always buys organic food but now every single thing I eat has to be natural; no artificial stuff. Some days I feel great and other days I feel horrible, there is really no pattern to it. No matter how hard certain days are, I am always thankful for my loving family and I always think to myself that things could be worse than they are.

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