“I want the
GP Pie Face Challenge to highlight to those who are uneducated on GP the struggles and horrible realities millions of people with
Gastroparesis have to go through on a daily basis.”
Can’t be any better reasons than these to get creamy.
Made A Pact
The donations for the challenge go to
G-PACT, a small non-profit organisation conducting research and providing resources for patients not only with Gastroparesis but other
Digestive Disorders too. “Way back when I started this challenge I chose G-PACT
as the recipient of donations,” Andrew recalls, “because my
doctor was on the medical advisory board for them. Now I also know they’re a tight knit and helpful
community and are very active in finding a cure for
GP, so I tried to help them out as much as I could with the challenge!” After suffering badly with
Gastroparesis for three years, Andrew had surgery and in 2012 a gastric pacemaker was fitted. For some, even this procedure isn’t enough and it fails. Was that the case for
“My digestive status now is almost like I'm cured. Since the surgery, I haven’t had any flares.” As great as this sounds, it doesn’t mean that Andrew is out of the woods, and this is not considered a cure (merely a management strategy) because success rates vary so much from patient to patient. “I've been extremely lucky that it has worked as well as it has for me.”
We had one last question for Andrew before we left him to carry on with promoting The Pies. We asked all our
Gastroparesis editorial special interviewees what they most
wish people understood about living with
GP. We put the same query to the fabulous Mr Belliveau, but made it a little harder for him.
Yes. Just one. We knew it would be hard to choose because this illness, like so many, including the associated
“I wish people would
the struggles we go through on a day-to-day basis. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten blank stares from people when trying to explain to them why I can’t go out, or why
I can’t do an activity, or just
Gastroparesis in general.”
It’s not just the likes of us ‘normal’ people who have got involved. Oh no! Andrew has had some success with celebrity smashers in the States – including eight Major League baseball players.
“David Price, Brock Holt, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jnr, Chris Young, Rick Porcello of my hometown
Red Sox.” Andrew lists them, “as well as former MLB catcher David Ross from the
Boston Red Sox.” That’s not all of the stars, though. David Cone of the
New York Yankees and
Mets fame and numerous radio and television personalities from the Boston area have joined in too.
So the only question left is when will you?