I have been sick since October 2018. October 1, 2018, was the last time I was the “old Desiree” who used to eat anything, drink and socialize as I wanted.
Unfortunately I woke up, on October 1, 2018, feeling sick to my stomach, always in pain, nauseous and lack of appetite (I was such a foodie). Went to the drs and hospital, did not get many answers and was first diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus, but that’s didn’t explain why I was feeling like I did. Coincidently, on December 10 I had horrible stomach pain and drove myself to the hospital to find out my appendix had a tear and had to have an emergency appendectomy. Again that was not my underlying problem. After going to my third GI, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis on February 6, 2019. On April 9 I had G-Poem surgery which has certainly helped. Though due to the quick 50 pound weight loss I developed gallbladder stones and had my gallbladder removed on May 30.
Since having the G-POEM surgery and working with my GI and nutritionist/dietician I have been able to gain back about 35 pounds and I’m able to eat and drink just about every day. No I still have many limitations both with foods and liquids and I have flares here and there the surgery and working with my doctors has helped. Though my life has changed and I will never be the “Old Desiree” again I am so blessed to have such great support and understanding family and friends. They help me not only through the rough days and flair ups but they make me feel like the “new Desiree” isn’t so bad and remind me how the glass is always half full. Thank you for always being there to hear me vent, make me laugh and keep me company when I don’t feel well. I have the best cheerleaders who remind me that I am a warrior! And Desiree’s Dream Team is always down to help spread awareness with the GP Pie Face Challenge. I’d like to think I truly embody my grandmother’s strength and positive mindset