To continue with our Meet the Team posts, this week we’re sharing a little about Samantha!
What is your current role with G-PACT?
I am the Vice President, and newsletter editor
What brought you to G-PACT?
Well, I found G-PACT when I was first diagnosed with gastroparesis back in 2014. I had the opportunity to write a guest blog for awareness month in 2016. I started as a volunteer, and continued to become more and more involved. I’ve had a few different positions within the organization throughout the years, which gave me an inside look at how hard everyone works to keep G-PACT up and running.
-How long have you been with G-PACT?
-If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be and why?
Hmm, this is a hard one. I’d say pen and paper, spearmint mints, and my cat, Mayzie.
-Who has inspired you most in your life and why?
This is a hard one too. So many people have made an impact on my life at one point or another, but I would say my mom. Even in the hardest times, she never gave up and never let me either. When times get tough, she always finds a way through. She taught me kindness and empathy, and how to be a good human.
-What’s been your biggest hurdle since your diagnosis?
Honestly, balance. There’s plenty of hurdles along the way, but for me it’s knowing and learning how to know when to push, but also when to slow down. The first few years after I got sick, I lost out on a lot. Now, I do my best not to let any opportunity to slip by. Sometimes I take on too many opportunities, and realize my body can’t handle it all. It’s a learning process.
-What’s one piece of advice you’d share with someone newly diagnosed?
Don’t give up. It’s not going to be easy, and during the bad days, it’ll seem never ending. It may seem like it’ll never get better. Keep holding on, and don’t count yourself out because you’re sick. You’ve got this.