charbonneaus dianaI was diagnosed with GP in 2011 after inexplicably starting to lose weight my senior year of college in Washington, D.C.. Then, after returning home in Arizona, I started to get sick. After a year of testing with my Primary at the time, she finally said, "the last thing we can try is a GES and if that doesn't show something, I don't know what else we can do." Luckily, the GES gave me my diagnosis and started down a long journey of multiple medications, many that made me sick and added further symptoms, but at least I was able to have an answer to what was causing my symptoms. I went from 180 lbs. down to 130 lbs. at the worst - ranging from being ok most of the time to being excruciatingly nauseous every day.

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I used to be able to eat anything I wanted down to practically nothing, but finally went was able to get off all the medications I was prescribed in 2016 after I got married. I found a superfruit juice from Mangosteen (Xango), went all natural and have been able to slowly reduce the amount of hospital and Urgent Care visits over these past years.

To this day, they have no explanation for epidemiologyas most of us out there.  Since college (2006-2010), I have been extremely involved since college in a lot of volunteer work and the number one thing I learned that affected me was stress. I have learned to reduce how much I'm involved in and keeping the stressful, large events to a minimum, though I can't lie and say that I haven't pushed myself too hard that wound up getting me sick.

I haven't been able to tolerate alcohol since 2015 and didn't even drink at my wedding, but it is much better than drinking and going to urgent care. I have had to prioritize the things that are important to me, but have been able to stay involved while staying healthy. Learning limits and boundaries is difficult, but possible and has helped dramatically. 

I'm happy to report that I'm the healthiest I have been in years with my last urgent care visit in December and before that June. Once I can get to a year, we might try to have kids and see how it goes!! 

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This past year I was blessed to be a 40 Under 40 Recipient, Woman of Influence Honoree for Community Service and be part of several local organizations including running a Young Entrepreneurs Academy in my 'spare time'. For all those out there with GP, you can do it and, you can not only live with GP, but thrive
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