My name is Carole Garrison and I am 22 years old. I live in the upstate of South Carolina and six years ago I was hit head on by a drugged driver that forever left me with permanent injuries. I thought it was the toughest battle of my life to come back from that but I was so wrong.
In February of 2013, I came down with what we thought was a regular old stomach virus. Unfortunately it didn’t go away. I was finally hospitalized after several doctors failed to stop the severe nausea and vomiting I was experiencing. After running every test in the book on me, all they could tell me was what was NOT wrong with me.
Finally, I took part in a stomach emptying test which revealed my stomach is no longer functioning as it should. I was diagnosed with a disease called gastroparesis (which means stomach paralysis) and because they could not find the cause it was deemed idiopathic.
I suffer daily with this disease. My stomach doesn’t digest properly causing my diet mainly consists of pureed foods such as baby food and rice. I can no longer eat my favorite meals because my stomach is unable to digest it. As a result of my gastroparesis, I have lost around 30 pounds and I am slowly but surely losing my hair. I vomit everyday throughout the day and experience debilitating nausea around the clock. I take a cocktail of medications (some that aren’t even on the market yet) that all have serious side effects. As a result, I sleep most of my day away and have very little energy to function. The doctor I’ve been seeing has pretty much given up on any hope for me so I will be traveling in October three and a half hours away to visit a specialist. I am in college trying to pursue a career as a nurse. I fight daily for my right to live.
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.