Nicole’s Story

Hi all ! My name is Nicole and I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis in 2017. I was however having symptoms two years beforehand! Two years ago I randomly fell really sick on holiday in Portugal. One night i vomited everything I had eaten. I lost my appetite for a week, living off practically water. I was at a scary low weight by this point.

My parents took me to a private doctor who told me I had ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ (yes- i was depressed from not being able to eat and the nausea!!!). I was then put on anti depressants and some vitamins. A month later I started to feel a little better, but kept getting random nauseous episodes where I would just feel randomly sick. 

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Carolyn Sue McBane’s Story

My story is a little different than most. I do not have diabetes. In 2000,  I weighed 310 pounds and had gastric bypass surgery, then gall bladder, then colostomy a year later, but thank goodness it was able to be reversed. I did okay for about 5 years and lost 75 pounds but started having abdominal pain. I had every GI test known to man. It was my young internal medical doctor, Shannon Kennedy, MD, who ordered a GES and finally diagnosed me with GP. In the meantime, a huge hernia was discovered, and I had major surgery.

I believe with the last surgery, nerves were severed, so my muscles couldn’t work food out of my stomach!! I am sick every day, dehydrated, pain, nausea and now have to puree food or eat baby food. Next week I see a surgeon about a feeding tube. GP has robbed me of family, friends and self-worth!! I’ve tried 3 meds with no success. There is no cure, only treat symptoms! I do have my dignity. I try to help others with the same disease. I just became a South Carolina Gastroparesis: Fighting for Change coordinator. I’m fighting for a cure in the ways I can, and I will not give up. If I can stay sober 24 years, with God’s help, I can handle almost anything. God bless those who suffer from GP.  What a ride!!

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