I struggle with gastroparesis (GP) or delayed gastric emptying, which slows the movement of food from the stomach through the small intestine. I also suffer from chronic intestinal psuedobstruction (CIP), which is a rare condition causing nerve and muscle problems also affecting the movement through the intestines.

I do my best to live life to the fullest and not let my illness stand in the way. I’m a dedicated mommy and PhD student.

I have hope!

3 thoughts on “Mom Lives Life to the Fullest While Battling Rare Intestinal Condition Called Gastroparesis”

  1. Alena Smith says:

    It has been an honor traveling the PhD road with you! I will always appreciate the time me and my kids have gotten to know you and yours! We love you!!!!!!!!

    Single PhD mommies United!


    PS. Biochemistry rocks

  2. Jen Dorner says:

    Hi Heather,

    It seems we have a lot in common. I am a Mommy too and just finished my PhD in Neuroscience last year. I also have gastroparesis and CIP. Mine is secondary to mitochondrial disease. I have been TPN-dependent for the last 4 1/2 years. Anyway, it is good to see others out there on the same road. I’d love to touch base sometime. You can find me on FB and in the GP support groups there as well. I hope you are doing as well as you can be.


  3. Dona says:

    May I ask how you got diagnosed with CIP? I have major lower intestinal issues… I’m wondering if I have this as well as GP.

    Thanks for any feedback, it’s much appreciated.

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