Gastroparesis: a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles in your stomach does not function normally. I read that as a result, vomiting, nausea, malnutrition, bloating, pain and many more symptoms can occur. Very scary and overwhelming, I imagine, especially for the newly diagnosed. Lots of discomfort and lots to learn. And to top it all off, spellcheck has apparently no record of the word or any word like it. It doesn’t even offer a suggestion word! Talk about the icing on the cake of despair and isolation.
But! All such folks should head over to Crystal Saltrelli’s website, “Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis.” Crystal is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Her base is a BA from Dartmouth College and she has completed continuing education coursework via the Harvard School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA. Crystal’s website includes not only her informative blog (recipe suggestions, patient stories, supplement reviews, etc) but it also bestows up on you (read: free) her 40-page eBook, “Quick Start Guide to Gastroparesis Management.”
Crystal is organizing an online all-day conference for gastroparesis patients and caregivers – Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis: the Coping, Stress & Anxiety Online Summit on Saturday, September 26th. Yours truly will be one of the guest speakers. I’ll be speaking on “outlook.” #1 on my preparation list: Picking a backdrop. And learning how to correctly spell gastroparesis.