Okay! I’ve had a rather nice break, but now it is time to get back on the blogging wagon. I promise that I will begin to blog again regularly. Over my hiatus, I’ve received numerous messages thanking me for writing about Gastroparesis life. These messages always bring tears to my eyes. When I started this blog, I never dreamed that it would turn into such a strong source of encouragement and inspiration for so many people. My hope was to help a few people some insight into what life is like with Gastroparesis and to provide myself (and others) a forum to vent. I had found myself trying to explain to friends and family what it was like to live this life and always seemed to come up short. I also got tired of telling the same story over and over again, so I thought I would make this little blog so that I could type the story once and they could read it.
Early in my diagnosis, I searched for various Gastroparesis support groups and was fortunate to connect with some amazing people. However, I noticed there was not a lot of information out there about what daily life is like. There is plenty of information out there on symptoms, tests, feeding tubes, pacemakers, etc. But there really wasn’t anything out there about becoming so bloated that you look 6 months pregnant, there really wasn’t anything out there about feeling isolated, there really wasn’t anything out there about trying to keep working, and a whole host of other issues. There also wasn’t anything out there that described the funny parts of these symptoms, the frustrating parts, the things you can do to try to take control of your life and everything in between. So I decided to start this little blog and see what happens.
Well, here we are several months later and the blog is still being viewed at a high rate (even during my hiatus). I’m still receiving messages as to how helpful the blog is. This all reminds me that I need to keep this up. It is important. It is important for others to know that you are not alone in this battle. It is important for others to know that you can begin to feel better (it takes A LOT of work, but it is possible). It is possible to laugh about all of the randomness that we have to go through (brain fog, anyone?!)
So hold on to your heating pads, castor oil packs, and toilets…because Millie is back and has plenty to write about that occurred during the hiatus! 🙂
Thanks for sticking with me & from the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in this blog and for all of the wonderful messages/comments you have sent me.