The Undiagnosis

We've all been through the "undiagnosis phase" of chronic illness. This can cause a lot of stress and frustration. New Pact Blog writer Nicole shares her story with being un-diagnosed.   Before you get “sick”, you hear about others having health concerns such as diabetes, lupus, arthritis (just to name a few well known ones). … Continue reading The Undiagnosis

Understanding Testing: Gastric Emptying Study

Gastric Emptying Study (GES) is one of the diagnostic tools used to diagnose Gastroparesis (GP). GES is sometimes referred to as Gastric Emptying Scan or Gastric Emptying Scintigraphy. A GES test is requested by your Gastroenterologist (GI doctor) or Primary Care Physician (PCP) to determine if you have GP and the severity of your GP. … Continue reading Understanding Testing: Gastric Emptying Study

Becoming Positively Rachel

Writer Rachel Burchfield shares her story, and how she made the best out of a seemingly impossible situation. Five years ago, I was just your typical high school student. I swam competitively, volunteered and was a nanny for children with autism; with the hope of becoming a behavioral therapist. I had fallen in love with … Continue reading Becoming Positively Rachel

Baby Steps Toward Self Empowerment

Pact blog writer Jim Sliney shares his advice and knowledge on how to plan for the unplannable. Every person with gastroparesis knows that at any moment things can get bad. When things get bad, they get expensive. That lingering fear of “when is the other shoe going to drop” is probably one of the greatest … Continue reading Baby Steps Toward Self Empowerment

Important Parenthood Preparations When You Have a Disability

When you have a disability or chronic illness, sometimes the idea of having a child can be overwhelming and even feel impossible. For those of us who are able, but struggle to feel prepared, Jackie Waters has compiled a some ideas to help ease the transition into parenthood. When your baby arrives, life will change … Continue reading Important Parenthood Preparations When You Have a Disability

Gastroparesis Registry

If you’re like many gastroparesis patients, when you first got ill you visited your doctor or an ER trying to find out what was wrong and come up with a plan to feel better.  Unfortunately, even though your symptoms may have pointed to gastroparesis, doctors don’t normally think of it.   Those that do might ask … Continue reading Gastroparesis Registry

How Pets Become Family

When illness strikes, the world can begin to feel lonely. It's no secret that isolation is a side effect of illness; often one we don't talk about enough. Some of us are lucky enough to have a companion that helps us feel less alone. Our Pact blog editor Samantha shares how her cat became more … Continue reading How Pets Become Family