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When I was 15 I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. Before I was diagnosed, I kept having to see my doctor for stomach pains. She then diagnosed me with irritable bowl syndrome. Even though I was on medicine the pain did not stop, it became worse. I would vomit up to 20 times a day and nobody could tell me what was wrong. I’d spend up to 40 days in the hospital at a time. I got referred to different hospitals and what really got me is when I went to Children’s hospital and they completely blew me off saying I had acid reflux. It’s really hard to live a normal like of a 14 year old when you vomit what seems like a million times a day and dealing with pain so unbearable that I’d have to be taken to the Emergency room. I found a GI specialist and he diagnosed me immediately. My medication is not FDA approved but it is the only thing that works. I am now 19 years old and still dealing with my disease. I’ve come to terms with it, but the depression that I went through for over a year before my diagnosis still gets the best of me sometimes. Why me? Oh well, it’s just something to live with. I know God has a plan for me and I thank him for letting me see another day.

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