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Emma’s Story

Emma Geiger
I'm eighteen years old, living in Minnesota.
Struggling with idopathic gastroparesis.
Everyone has been so loving and supportive since my journey started in 2005.
 I'm no longer letting this disease control my life, and I'll help anyone who wants to beat it too. So if you have questions, feel free to sign my guestbook, or talk to me on facebook!

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato

Five Years of this stuff ! It all started in 6th grade, The day after my 12th birthday to be exact, where I began to vomit and got horrible stomach pains. I missed the entire last quarter of school, and was sick through the summer,. In June 2005 I got my appendix removed, but it proved to be healthy. Still, the pain somehow went away.

I went back to school in 7th grade and managed to make it through most of the year, until around spring when I got sick again. I missed tons of school, that they even sent me to a dentention class about skipping class and how it's against the law and you can go to jail. Yay. That was so fun for a little 13 year old. Eventually I went to the Mayo Clinic and got put on meds that tied me over for awhile.

8th grade I seemed to be doing much better, and we thought this nightmare was over. I mean, 2nd term I didn't even miss one day. I was feeling really great. But then High School started, and it was around 2nd term where I started getting violently sick again. Loosing weight, getting dehydrated. There was a time where I almost died.

So in January 2008 I was diagnosed with Gastroperisis.
I had a G/J tube placed which I took out in July 2009.

I've missed a lot of school. I've had teachers teach me over the phone and for the past two years I've done virtual school, where you take classes online. Now I'm back at regular school part time and hopefully full time next year!

I'm living with a gastric pacemaker thanks to the doctors at Nationwide Childrens hospital. Things are improving, but there is still a journy to be had here.

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Latest Journal Update

Graduation Invitation!

Hey There Friends, Followers, Supporters, and People I've Never Met (yet)

I know that it's been awhile since we last talked, or more of me updating and you all responding like the awesome people you are. But it's all because i'm getting my life in order and haven't really been sick. I'm healthy enough to hold down a great job at Taco Bell, and I'm even getting promoted to a management position soon! So it's all pretty exciting.

I suppose you could say that life has been pretty awesome since I graduated and had my last surgery. I haven't felt the pacemaker move one bit. But it must be working. Because with all the tacos and burritos I seem to consume at work, I am never ever bloated anymore.

Speaking of graduating though, the other day I finally picked up my diploma from my high school and now I feel all official and adult-like. I'm even considering just carrying it around to show people how cool I am and that I'm no longer in high school. But that might be a little too much. I do, however, get to walk with the alternative high school class on the 31st. Then I'll feel even more official.

This happened just in time for my graduation party!!
That's the main reason why I'm writing this journal update. What better way to celebrate my graduation that with all the people who helped me get through what had to be the hardest 4 years of my life? Seriously though. Without the support of everybody I wouldn't have been able to make it out of there when I did.

I really hope that all of you can make it. Attached to this entry is a picture of my actual invite -- and since I don't have everyone's home address I couldn't send it out. But there is all the information there and the address of where it's being held.

So if you wanna come -- seriously open to anyone -- and see the new happy, healthy Emma in person, you should definitely save the date and come out! 

Leave a comment in the guestbook if you think you can make it!

You're all wonderful. And I hope to see you soon!

Love, Emma :)
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1 Comment

Mary Anne Williams
By Mary Anne W.
Hi Emma, If you have any current updates, please let us know. My daughter has GP and is suffering. She's been referred to Nationwide. I'd like to know how you are faring now with the gastric pacemaker all of these years later...