Welcome to another Transparency Tuesday for Gastropraesis awareness month. As we get near the end of this month, I would like to thank all the lovely ladies who have submitted their stories. It is amazing how you can learn by someone sharing their story.
If you’re unaware of what is Gastroparesis, there is a link below or you can check out last week story!
Here is Bri Williams story with Gastroparesis:
Tell us your story
- Hi there! My name is Bri Williams, I’m 19 years old
- I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis about 2 years ago. It was actually found while doing a bunch of other testing for my kidneys and my gallbladder. Originally my doctors were stumped (I live in a small area where there aren’t many specialists for diseases like Gastroparesis or postural Orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) so they labeled it as an eating disorder and sent me to a counselor for my “mental health” issue. It was horribly frustrating to be told that it was more of a mental thing, than it was actually a physical thing. I knew that, it wasn’t just me not eat, because I wanted to be thinner or because my self-image wasn’t strong. I knew that something was wrong with my body’s physically and I needed help to figure it out. It took months and months of testing to finally find an answer through a gastric emptying test. I was so relieved and nervous to finally have an answer. But it was also scary to not know what that meant for my future. For the past two years, I’ve spent time in and out of hospitals, doctor visits and have gone through many different medications and treatments to try to control the extreme nausea, fatigue and other symptoms that come with severe Gastroparesis. Now, after almost 2 years, I’ve been referred to mayo clinic to finally get some surgical help from specialists who can understand this hard disease.
One positive advice for other’s
- My advice to anyone facing such hard things and the unknown is to never give up hope. Never think that there’s nothing left. Just because we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel now doesn’t mean it’s not there, it just means we have to press on!
A big thank you to Bri for sharing her story! If you would like to share your story please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you next Tuesday for another story
If you would like to follow and learn more about Bri you can find her on Instagram!!