MICHAELLA’S PERSONAL STORY

I was diagnosed with gastroparesis and severe GERD about a year ago now. For a year and a half I went undiagnosed. I couldn’t get anything down my throat and was losing weight fast. I was 40 kgs and depressed at life. I didn’t want people to see what i looked like, and everyone that did thought i was anerexic. It was a very horrible time in my life.

Every day I would have cramps in my stomach and the slightest smell of food would make me feel nausea. My throat would tense up, restricting any food from getting down. Each meal would be two, three bites max and i would be full.

I’m now on three different types of medicatiojn but still experience my good days and bad. Sometimes it’s good months and bad months… i just never know how i will feel.

This disease has has such a great affect on my physical health but more than anything it has affected me mentally. I was never the loud on but i loved hanging with my firends and going out. Now i suffer from extreme anxiety. I lack self-confidence and avoid every situation that shows my body.

To say i’m still learning the ropes of this sickness is an understatement. I’m not sure i will ever know everything about it. But the main thing i need to remember is to stay positive and take it day by day.

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