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Abbey’s Story (SMA Syndrome)

Purple RibbonThis is coming from a 16-year-old. (: God Bless. (: Whenever I was younger, I would always get sick. Stomach aches, getting sick to my stomach, etc. I weighed 75 pounds for the longest time. Me and my parents both just thought it was just a little virus, always going around and hitting me. For the longest time, my mom, aunt, and I thought that it had something to do with my monthly cycle.

Rewind to 2013. During the first couple months of 2013, my stomach would always hurt. You know, the usual stomach cramps, stomach aches, vomiting. I would always be dismissed to the office to take the usual Tylenol, but it would never happen. Fast forward a few months, and the same thing would occur, just a little more frequently than others. Now let’s get to the hardest 3 days of my life, starting on November 4th, 2013. That day was supposed to be just a regular ole Monday. There I was, just dealing with school, trying to waste the day away being bored in my easy freshman classes. That Monday was different though. After school, me and my grandma went to Sonic, one of my favorite places, then got my little sister. That night, after dinner, I felt nauseous. I thought it was just the usual. That night, I threw up every 15 minutes, almost throwing up my feces.

The next day, I was taken by ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The next morning (Wednesday) I had an emergency Upper GI to scope out my intestines to see the problem. I was 100% blocked in my lower intestines. That afternoon, I was diagnosed with SMAS. Not to mention, I was HOUNDED by people at the second hospital for being ANOREXIC. That frightened me. I love food. There’s no way I would want to starve myself. Yes, I have always been skinny, but that was never a problem for me. I hope no one else has to be hammered and called anorexic. That broke my heart. I cried, I cursed out the nurses for calling me that. I have never felt more insecure in my life. I was also on a feeding tube for 2 months to get past an obstruction in my duodenum. Now here I am, January 2015, and I’m doing much better. Still having pain, but doing so much better. I AM A SMAS WARRIOR.

Abbey
Arkansas
Submitted 01/21/2015

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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