Advocating for Yourself

Do you ever find yourself feeling like you and your doctor aren't on the same page? Do you find yourself struggling to explain yourself to your doctor? Learning how to advocate for yourself can be difficult. Pact blog writer Nancy has some great information and tips on learning how to advocate for yourself.   My … Continue reading Advocating for Yourself

Traveling with medical supplies

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the online community about traveling with medical supplies, specifically TPN. If you use a feeding tube, TPN, or other medical supplies daily, the idea of traveling with them can be daunting. It's a lot to think about, a lot to pack and organize, and so many what … Continue reading Traveling with medical supplies

Stomas and self-love

Gastroparesis can change our bodies in many ways. For some of us, that change can mean some form of a feeding tube. These changes can make us look at our bodies differently, and can also make us feel differently about our bodies. Pact Blog writer, Carolanne talks about her story with a feeding tube, and her … Continue reading Stomas and self-love

Keeping a food journal

When you're first diagnosed with gastroparesis, it may take a while to figure out what foods you tolerate, and what foods you don't. Without keeping track, it becomes difficult to remember what you ate and when, and what symptoms you had. Keeping track makes it easier to remember, and can be helpful when seeing your … Continue reading Keeping a food journal

Being tired with Chronic Illness

Following the holidays, you may feel more exhausted than usual. On top of what you may deal with day to day with chronic illness, you may be experiencing more exhaustion than you're used to. What does it mean when you say you're tired? You know the tired you feel can't simply be cured by a nap … Continue reading Being tired with Chronic Illness

Holiday Hope

Happy Holidays Pact readers! As we're closing in on the last few days of the holiday season, I felt it was important to remind you all of a few things. While the bulk of the shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating may be done, there's still the actual holiday itself. Seeing friends and family enjoying a … Continue reading Holiday Hope

Gastroparesis Acronyms

    As you navigate Facebook and the internet, you may come across a variety of unfamiliar terms related to Gastroparesis. Melissa Adams VanHouten, the ADMIN for several Gastroparesis groups and one of the co-authors of Real Life Diaries: Living with Gastroparesis, along with some additions from blogger Nancy Brown, has developed the following list … Continue reading Gastroparesis Acronyms