What's something you wish you could tell others about your experience with gastroparesis?
Living with gastroparesis presents a unique set of challenges that can be hard to describe to those who don’t have experience with the disorder. From the outside, it may look like we’re picky eaters or we’re antisocial when we turn down dinner invitations, but, on the inside, we know we’re dealing with a difficult-to-manage condition that has the power to overwhelm us on a daily basis.
I wish I could express to others just how painful gastroparesis can be and the medications and precautions I have to take to be able to digest food. I also want people to understand that I’m not being rude or “watching my figure” when I ask for a to-go container, I just can’t keep forcing food down, especially when the people I care about glare at me impatiently as I take small bites and thoroughly chew everything.
So, fellow Mighties with gastroparesis, I want to know what you wish you could tell others about living with gastroparesis. You don’t have to sugarcoat anything here.