In high school I started having digestive issues. I have gastroparesis. It is a delay in the stomach emptying process and causes people to throw up food and feel nauseated. Now I have a digestive motility problem in which my colon is not working. It’s called colonic dysmotility. I am on many laxatives, but they do not always help. My belly gets very distended. I am in the ER often for pain due to the bloating. Many nurses and other people ask me if I am pregnant when I have a flare up. I had a colon marker test and it was abnormal. I am now waiting on the colon surgeon to determine if I need to have parts of my colon removed.
No one understands this. I look healthy on the outside, but in reality my energy level is down most days, my digestive tract is not feeling good, I’m nauseated, and I am constipated from my colon not functioning the way it should. People ask me why I don’t eat lunch. It is because you come to the point where you want to eat as little as possible since food gets stuck in your colon.
Growing up with people thinking it was all in my head combined with lack of support and no understanding causes me to feel mentally “down”. I cry, feel angry, and feel resentment. Why did this happen to me? There is no cure; just treatments. This has made me a stronger person. I work full time as a certified medical assistant and a nursing assistant helping others. People need to take a walk in my shoes.
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.