One Woman's Gastroparesis Journey
A 27-year-old American woman with severe gastroparesis, Kirby, has created a website called livingwithgp.com in which she chronicles her struggle with the condition. On her home page, Kirby says:
In this website, you will find my personal experiences with treatments for gastroparesis, information on gastroparesis, where to find help for gastroparesis, how my doctors that have helped me in my journey with gastroparesis, and a blog where I write about the daily challenges and victories of living with gastroparesis.
Kirby's gastroparesis, believed to be caused by a stomach virus that damaged the vagus nerve which controls the movement of the stomach during digestion, is severe. Normally the disease can be treated with gastroparesis medications such as Reglan or, in most countries, Motilium (generic domperidone). But, after her weight fell to 96 pounds, the 5-ft-6-in Kirby required a feeding tube and a gastric neurostimulator.
Despite the pain and inconvenience of her disease, Kirby remains upbeat and positive, writing, "I've been sick for years. I can't be miserable all the time. In fact, I work hard at not being miserable." As one reader commented on her blog, Kirby's story is amazing and her courage inspiring. Visit livingwithgp.com to check it out yourself.
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