"I suddenly became violently ill, with horrible belching, diarrhoea, and vomiting, until I passed out. One hour later, according to my husband, I was in the emergency room. I was told that I had a rare bacterial infection in my intestines. That is when the troubles started. Now it is back full force and I lost 20 pounds in two months.
I feel like I have had a slow death sentence given to me.
I want to feel good! I want to have some energy! I want my family to understand what I go through, but they don't. They sympathise, but can't empathise.
I guess I will be living on what amounts to baby-food-style puree for the rest of my life."
"I had a viral infection and was sick for a week. After the sickness went away I had a stomach ache which led to vomiting; lots of vomiting. I threw up or gagged every 30 seconds for four months.
Every 30 seconds! I could not eat, sleep, watch TV, leave my house, or anything. I lived with my head in a bucket 24 hours a day, seven days a week for four long months. I hoped for death often.
I was in and out of hospital, hooked up to IVs. I really thought I was dying.
Then I finally got the correct diagnosis of Gastroparesis. The vomiting has calmed down but the bloating is such I can't fit into any clothes and have no money to buy a new wardrobe.
I cannot work or play and have zero quality of life. Research says I might have this forever. If that happens, suicide is a viable option for me as this is existing, not living."