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

Getting Ready for the Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful. Read below how Samantha navigates through the holiday season! As wonderful as the holiday seasons are, the average person can feel more stress than usual. When you worry about your health, day to day life can go from manageable to impossible in the blink of an eye. Three things … Continue reading Getting Ready for the Holidays

What Keeps Me Going

Sometimes living with a chronic illness can feel like a constant struggle. Sarah reminds us to remember what we're fighting for, and encourages us to continue to look for the joy in life. All of you with chronic illnesses can understand me when I say that sometimes, the struggle is very real. Chronic illness can … Continue reading What Keeps Me Going

Dear Gastroparesis

By: Samantha Smith   Dear Gastroparesis, First of all, you should know that I don’t like you. You’re not a fun part of my life. You cause me pain. You made it difficult, and in some cases, impossible, to eat normal foods. You took away a basic human need. You took my health from me … Continue reading Dear Gastroparesis