TPN is a big part of life for many people with gastroparesis.
Happy TPN/HPN awareness week! This week, the OLEY foundation recognizes August 7-11 to help spread information and awareness of TPN/HPN. (TPN is sometimes called HPN, which stands for HOME Parenteral Nutrition. They’re considered the same thing). This week, I hope to share as much as I can about TPN, and where to find information and resources for those who are starting TPN, know someone who relies on it, or simply wants to know more.
Being on TPN at first, besides being scary, was isolating. I felt very different, and I wasn’t sure how to navigate my life. I started out being on TPN 12 hours a day. That meant if I wanted to go to a friends, out to dinner, out to a movie, or anything of the sort, I needed to go prepared. At first, the idea of being away from home during that time was daunting. All the…
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