Holiday Giveaway!

This holiday season, enter to win one of 4 free items : 3 water bottles and 1 tote bag!  To participate, simply complete the form below and help us by sharing your advocacy story and ideas.

This contest ends at 12:00 PM ET on December 6, 2019.  Winners will be chosen at random, and items will be shipped at the completion of the contest.

Thank you for entering and good luck!

Entries for this Holiday Giveaway is now closed.  We will be announcing the winners for the tote bag and water bottles soon!

Congratualtions to our winners!

 

Tote Bag Winner

Amy Greiff

Water Bottle Winners 

 Anne Edwards
 Tonya Henry
 Susan Couch

 

We appreciate all who entered our contest! 

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Nursing school is hard enough as a healthy person

Brittany Kendall

I am 22 years old. I started nursing school in June of 2018. Nursing school is hard enough as a healthy person.

I got a kidney infection in the end of November of 2018 for which I was hospitalized for. That began a severe struggle with my health. I stopped being able to hold down any food (even water). After multiple hospitalizations, one of them lasting a month.

I was officially diagnosed with severe gastroparesis in April of 2019 after I had lost 60 pounds and my gall bladder removed. They couldn’t control my nausea and vomiting with any diet or medication, so I ended up with a surgically placed J tube. I have since been hospitalized 3 more times, not including the ER visits from passing out at clinicals in which I was not admitted.

I currently have not kept down anything I have ingested for about a year now, despite the gastric pacemaker I had placed in June. Despite the 4 surgeries I have had this year, the accumulated 2 months of the last year I have spent in a hospital bed because of this disease along with kidney stones and an ovarian cyst that burst, and the malnourishment that keeps me exhausted most of every day, I graduate nursing school in 38 days with a 3.9 GPA.

I also accepted a position on my dream unit (an ICU) for after I graduate. I am still learning to live with my feeding tube and still struggle to remain positive. I have my days where I cry and want nothing more than to be able to enjoy a glass of ice cold water and gain some weight. I still have hope that, one day, I will be able to get rid of my feeding tube and keep down something. I am so excited that I am going to graduate with my BSN despite my bad luck with my health. This has been easily the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Thank you for letting me share.

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