Jan 1st - 13th ONLY.
I'll place our bulk order on the 14th which allows me to keep the costs low!
Find out more HERE
Back for a limited time are the snail SHIRTS and TOTES in our GP Fight Store!!!!
Jan 1st - 13th ONLY.
I'll place our bulk order on the 14th which allows me to keep the costs low!
Find out more HERE
I am fortunate enough to be able to eat protein bars! YES, this is highly exciting since I become very dizzy if I don't consume enough protein. The size is small and packs tons of other daily vitamin needs as well.
My go-to has always been the Balance Bar line. They have a chocolate covering and soft inside with no nuts so my stomach can easily digest them. At 12 - 20 grams of protein these have been an almost daily must have. Especially when traveling I consume lots of these, as I NOT have to worry about what I can eat on the road and if I may get sick from it when there are no restrooms in site!
As I mentioned before I am starting to hike (nature walk as I call it) with my husband. It's so fun to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. But at any moment I can become dizzy from dehydration or lack of protein, so I pack lots of bars with me and have my own water pack. Staying ahead of the symptom(s) is the key. The problem is the chocolate covering on my bars vs the hot sun! Granted I don't mind the melted goodness inside the wrapper, it's just a mess to clean and pack out.
So, I went shopping for a different brand without the chocolate covering (boo, I know). Some had a granola substance - which caused allergic reactions. Apparently the fine nuts in them were not roasted for or something, Still trying to figure out that allergy! Others I didn't even try since they ranged from 2 grams of protein to a whopping 6 grams. I'd have to eat 2 - 4 of them to equal 1 of my gooey bars! Others were only made of nuts and I can't eat that for GP & allergy reasons. At this time I'm still looking into making my own!!
August is Gastroparesis Awareness month! As I've been ill for the last couple of days it occurred to me to share with you what living with GP is like for me. Please note that gastroparesis has different symptoms and triggers for each of us.
In the last year my GP symptoms have gotten much better. To the point that I am able to go on small hikes (nature walks I call them) with my husband. I have not vomited in 2 years. Yet my dizzy spells are weekly which I know happens (for me) when I am dehydrated and/or needing protein. I still get lots of pain after I eat a meal with too much fiber or was too big of a serving. I have to run to the bathroom with the "D" if I have too much fat in a meal; including dairy. I have to avoid gas causing foods/drinks or the pressure is so unbearable, the pain has brought tears to my eyes. Some foods cause a bad allergic reaction. As you can piece together I try very hard to analyze ingredients on a menu, but prefer to cook my own food so I know what's in it.
Living like this is no easy task for the individual or the their family. Wondering how what you just ate will effect you. Can you can go to the store as you planned? Will you be able to attend an event? Scoping out where a bathroom is in each place you are at. Knowing all the 'clean' bathrooms on your driving route, since you've frequented many over the years.
The length of time the episode lasts can very, which again plays a huge roll in the unknown. Sometimes it's a case of a sudden onset of intense pain followed by running to the bathroom, then relief after the "bad" has left your body. Other times the symptoms can last for days. I hate when it happens in the middle of the night, keeping me up for hours in the bathroom. It's so tasking on the body that there is zero energy left for the next day.
My case is very mild compared to so many. Like so many, I was never given a reason WHY mine happened. Without knowing this, I do not know how to treat the underlying cause or know if it would ever go away (some cases are brought on by a virus). I do know that my vagus nerve has not been severed, so I do have motility in my stomach. Recently it's gotten better to the point I am able to consume larger portions of food and start to eat some items that were painful in the past without too much problem if the quantity is limited. Why this is happening, no clue! But I am going to take advantage and enjoy of every moment of this, for however long it lasts!!
So the next time you eat something that 'does't agree with you' or you have a stomach bug, I HOPE you think of all of us with gastroparesis when you are given a small glimpse of our daily life. It's not fun ~ is it?!
This site was created with the more frequently searched for info off of my personal blog.
GP Fight then created The GP Fight Store to help spread awareness and do fundraisers. Since then, GP Fight has a list of doctors that have been recommended by those whom have gastroparesis (info submitted to us in our Facebook Group).
Our original site is now 3 years old ~ which really created this new site! How time flies!!
HERE is a link to the very first post which got this all started.
Our bill, now known as HR 2311 (former HR 842), has been reintroduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin.
It is titled “Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015,” and has been introduced/referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
This bill would expand research and promote awareness of functional/motility GI disorders such as gastroparesis. It is designed to help promote education of physicians and the general public, increase efforts to find new and effective treatments, expand clinical research, and create new medical centers designed to study these disorders and share information with others.
I urge you to read the text of the bill and contact your representatives. Ask them to sign on as cosponsors and support this bill! I cannot express the importance of this bill.
You can find additional information and read the text of the bill at either: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2311 orhttps://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2311
Who is your representative? Click HERE
Did you read the exciting news I posted on new job adventure? Click HERE.
It’s been 2 months that I have been with Jamberry and haven’t been happier for the decision. What is Jamberry? How about the best nail wraps for your fingers and toes ever invented! These last longer than the average store bought one and go much further for the value. On average the wraps will last 2 weeks on your fingers and over 4 weeks on your toes. Personally, I have given up at 28 days on my fingers — the wraps were still looking great, but I wanted to change them. As far as my toes, I have had a set of wraps on for over 90 days! This was during the winter, lots of socks, boots, slippers and harsh temps; the wraps are still going strong but I am ready for a change — to Spring!
There are over 300 nail wraps to choose from, even nail lacquer and other hand products. Besides how long the wraps last, I have liked them since my nails break easily and these act like a protective layer. I never thought I would have long nails again!
I invite you to try a nail wrap sample (click HERE). Even more so, I invite you to host a PARTY with me. This can be on Facebook or I can send you some catalogs so you can share this great product with others! Connect with me on my website to shop, plan a party or join my team.
YES, you can sell these too AND make great money at it! How would you spend the EXTRA income? Buy something for yourself? Your kids or grand kids? Make a car or mortgage payment? For me it started out as saving up for a printer and new phone, but has turned into being able to make car payments for 1/2 a year. In just 2 months I have managed to do this and with only a couple parties on Facebook; which take only a few hours. Won’t you join me??
I am so very thankful that I have found something that I can do and it brings in more income then expected. As a reminder, I have gastroparesis and have found that even working 2 days at the local hotel was so much stress, I was sick more than I was ‘well’. So, I needed something I could do from home and have found it!!
Have you ever tried the Jamberry Nail wraps? They started their foothold in the market about 4 years ago. The nail wraps are different than what you see in the stores. These are applied with heat and last 2 weeks with heavy use. I have had mine on for over 3 weeks before I gave up and applied a different style (the nail grow out bugged me, yet not too many people in my daily life noticed it). On toes they last well over a month. I have had this same set of wraps on (my first pedi) since December (this post is late-Feb). There are over 300 designs to choose from as well as nail lacquer and other products. Kids can even get in on the fun as well!
The initial cost for the consultant kit was what held me back. In hind-site, I wished I would have joined the Jamberry team sooner! My first party on facebook paid for my kit with the commissions I made, and a little extra. Since I started in mid-January I have done 3 parties and will host another on the 28th.
What is great about this is we don’t have to build a team if we don’t want to. You can be what is called a Hobbyist and you will still receive the discounts on product and commissions if you do an occasional party. I have decided to build a team and am looking for great people to join me in my adventure.
The commissions are among the best in the direct sales world, coming in at a minimum of 30% and it goes up from there based on your monthly sales and even more when you start to earn off of your team members. Then there are extra bonuses and incentives along the way.
Currently we are earning our way to Maui as the 2015 incentive trip. In 2014 it was Walt Disney World! All expenses paid and includes funds towards air fair. Now how many companies do you know treat their employees that great?!
If you would like to host a party, not yet ready to join my team, let me know. If sales reach a certain amount you can take 25% – 50% off the consultant kit.
I am able to do FB Parties and Catalog Parties.
If you are on Facebook check out my Jamberry Page for more info on joining, hosting, tips, pictures and more: www.Facebook.com/GastroparesisJamberry
Shop the website and there if more info on joining my team too: www.MyBerryComplete.JamberryNails.net (the link is safe).
I hope you decide to take advantage of this great opportunity. The market is not yet saturated with the product, so NOW is a great time to do this for yourself. Earn extra income while having great looking nails. What could be better?!
I wanted to do an article on Botox for Gastroparesis. But my GP Sister and good friend Emily did an article that is so great, I choose not to write one!. Her's addresses everything and is based on her experience. So you are getting the info by a person that has been through it.
Please check it out here:
Botox Step By Step, Blog By Emily
This is a great picture to always keep with you. For me, I always have a copy with me. Not just a good reminder for myself, but my family too.
When you start to feel you Gastroparesis symptoms getting worse (higher nausea for example) then you drop down a 'step'. Give this 'step' a good 24hrs or more. Then decide if you need to go down or up a step.
Eventually this will just become second nature, to know what you body needs based on how your day(s) are going.
Ever wonder why people put up picture of spoons, talk about spoons and send spoons to others with a chronic illness? Once you read this great story, you will understand why and realize how precious they are.
Please be considerate of the copyright laws:
The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino Full Site: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com
Read "The Spoon Theory" it here: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/#sthash.lIVZEyIN.dpuf
Thank you so much Christine Miserandino for your story!!
Melissa "GP Fight" at