The article linked below at the bottom really paints an accurate picture of what it’s like to live with gastroparesis (whether it be idiopathic or a result of diabetes nerve damage) and how challenging life can be.
Even some of those that are closest to me fail to fully grasp the fact that I am chronically ill and yes, sometimes I will cancel plans and no, that does not mean I do not value our friendship.. that even when I’m “stable” it does not mean I am better.. And that I probably have a lot more on my plate than they could fully realize without living it themselves.
It’s hard for those who lack the life experience of actively having to do things to keep yourself alive while simultaneously dealing with chronic nausea, pain, and vomiting to really see the big picture of what my body, mind, and soul experiences on any given day.It can be frustrating to feel misunderstood and isolated, but all I can do is try to help spread awareness about chronic illnesses that affect me, as well as other diseases and complications that I don’t happen to have.
Just because I make it look possible to live this life with a semi-sense of normalcy, doesn’t mean it is easy. It doesn’t mean that I don’t fight for what I have and the things I get to do and see and experience each and every day of my life.
Thanks to a fellow GP friend, Carolanne, for sharing this article! 💗