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What do you know about the digestive tract? - DTP Awareness Week

Monday, August 22, 2011

For people living with chronic and live-threatening conditions, it is important to understand your condition and what you can do to make your life a little easier. It's also important to have doctors who understand your condition. With gastroparesis, many doctors haven't heard of or understand it, so it is even more important for the patient to take in the knowledge needed to help her/himself live a healthier and longer life.

G-PACT (the non-profit supporting people with DTP (digestive tract paralysis) - which includes gastroparesis (GP - paralyzed stomach) and chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP - paralyzed intestines) - is putting on a webinar about the anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 23rd, at 8pm EST. This gives anyone who has a form of DTP (GP/CIP) a chance to learn more about the digestive tract, how it works, and probably will give some information specific to GP and CIP.

Preview: www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_s

Facebook event to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/GPACT#!/eve

Knowledge is power - be powerful in your own life by continuing to learn new things about yourself, your body, and your life.

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KKSTEIGERWALD 8/23/2011 5:27PM

    I read your blog just in time to watch this tonight. Thanks for the info!

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DTP Awareness week - help save your own life

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP) is a scary, confusing, and life-long condition. It can happen to anyone, at any time, from numerous causes. Once you have symptoms, it is already too late. No cure has been found and the treatments can only mask the symptoms - often causing as many problems as the condition itself. Millions of Americans have the condition - about 1 in 25 people - yet many doctors don't know about the condition let alone understand it, which means diagnosis can take weeks, months, or years.

Without awareness many more people will be forced to live a life of pain and mistreatment by others who refuse to believe the condition exists. Without awareness people will continue be STARVED daily while food is right in front of them. Without awareness you could someday find yourself with this condition and nowhere to turn for help.

I have DTP - both gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach) and CIP (chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction - paralyzed intestines), though I still have the ability to eat some foods within a specific diet. This changes every day depending on my stress level, how much sleep I get, and if I've been too active during the day (I can't exercise). Many others can't ingest any food and must be fed through feeding tubes. Imagine how hard it is to be in social settings and unable to eat any food. Imagine never being able to taste your favorite foods or even drink water. Not a fun thought, huh?

To learn more and help spread the knowledge that could save your life or the lives of people you care about, check out www.g-pact.org or www.facebook.com/GPACT


You can't see my condition, but I feel it every day

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Here's an article for all of us who live with an invisible chronic illness. Accepting a condition doesn't mean liking it or thinking it is okay - it means understanding you can't control the condition but you can control how you deal with it.

When I mention gastroparesis or digestive tract paralysis to people then say I have it, they look at me and say I look great. "You don't look like you're sick." What I want to say is "Well you didn't look stupid until you opened your mouth." The truth is many conditions can't be seen with the eyes, only felt within the body or within the emotions of knowing a loved one is suffering.

I have received 7 medical diagnoses within the past year, none of which can be seen by looking at me. This is why I talk about it - no one would know if I didn't talk about it. Knowledge is my key and power - I hope others would want a little knowlege as well.

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ANDREWS_MOM 8/23/2011 5:43PM

    I get the same exact thing....you look so healthy how could you possibly be that sick?
I've even had a few people suggest it was an eating disorder because "they never heard of such a thing".....
Knowledge is power
emoticon to you my friend!

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KKSTEIGERWALD 8/23/2011 5:32PM

    I understand completely! Living with GP, fibromyalgia and insane migraines everyone always thinks that I'm feeling great if I don't have a migraine. They can't see GP or fibro, and don't understand that they impact my life just as intensely. I spend lots of time researching and studying so that I understand what's happening within my body, and I'm glad that I do. If I didn't, I probably still would not have a GP diagnosis. It really is up to us to take care of ourselves, arm ourselves with knowledge, and share it with others.

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CTUPTON 8/20/2011 8:38PM

    It is the opposite of being fat--everyone tells a cure for that! No privacy at all!

I feel bad you have such a difficult health problem. I probably say inappropriate things to people who look perfectly healthy. I think of thin (average weight) people as "perfect" with no problems. Of course that is idiotic. And, I am always amazed when they tell me about their efforts to stay slim. In my mind they have it easy and it just happens.

I heard a new term on tv today: oblivious idiot. I had never heard that before! Actually it made me laugh when I heard it.

Please take care and I hope life gets easier for you. Chris

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MOM2ACAT 8/19/2011 4:22PM

    emoticon I can totally relate to that!

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Tubie duckie!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

(Sorry the picture is a bit blurry, but you get the idea - it's a duck with a piece of a small straw implanted in its belly.)

So the stars of my favorite tv show, Supernatural, and their bodyguard have started Duck Nation.


I realized Friday starts DTP (digestive tract paralysis) Awareness Week and Duck Nation is going on - why not combine them? So I made a 'tubie duckie', giving a little yellow rubber duckie a feeding tube. (A tubie is a nickname for kids with feeding tubes.) I want to send it in for Duck Nation with a note about why it has a feeding tube and about DTP Awareness Week, in hopes that they will post it and spread the word.

So I know my tubie duckie isn't incredible (I don't have a lot of time to make it perfect if I'm going to get it up there any time soon) but I think it's kinda cute. And the big thing is it's about awareness, not about perfection. I'd like to know what you think about this idea! This one was mainly a test (and I put it in the wrong side - oops), but I'm not sure what I could to do make it better - so ideas are appreciated!

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ANDREWS_MOM 8/18/2011 7:43PM

    clever idea! good luck getting it on :)

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MOM2ACAT 8/18/2011 4:27PM

    I think your Tubie Duckie is very cute!

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How to win with a lottery scratcher part 2

Monday, August 15, 2011

Once again, this is all in fun. Don't blame me if you lose, but I appreciate tips if you win!

So in follow up, share a few secrets with others and play modestly. Today I turned in the $5 ticket I won with on Friday, took $2 and got another $3 ticket; it sat waiting for me to scratch it for several hours until after I showered and got in my pjs. I took over 10 minutes to play this one and I finished with another $5 win. I like it! haha


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