lovelace joy3 01164Hello, my name is Joy, I will be 50 this year. I am a single mother with 4 kids (1 still at home) and 2 grandkids. I am fairly new to this diagnosis. August of last year I was tested for gastroparesis with the food delay study. I have been having issues with my stomach bloating every time I ate, people would consistently ask me when I was due with my baby (I am not pregnant). I would feel so uncomfortable and nauseous when I ate, I also live with fatigue. So I was sent for a Gastrointestinal Edoscopy surgery and the doctor noticed I still had a medium amount of food in my stomach and I hadn’t eaten for over 14hrs.

Now that I have finally been diagnosed with Gastroparesis my lifestyle has had to make changes, I eat differently (found a great Gastroparesis cookbook), I take more meds, and still have to feed my active 14yr old son what he needs! I also work in a school cafeteria where my job is cutting up all the vegetables for our salad bar and serving the kids!

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It is so hard because I was always a big lover of eating raw vegetables, so now I am cutting and around them everyday but I can’t eat them! I even made my own apron to get the kids to eat fruits and veggies! It hasn’t been easy but I know it is now my new way of life!

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