TB, my name is Laura and I am usually on the GERD forum, but was moved by your post. I am a 33-year-old female, previously in the best of health, who was recently diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis. It is an extremely painful digestive disorder that makes it difficult to eat. I experience severe nausea and have to eat a diet of small, soft meals. Even then the pain is often intense. I currently cannot eat at a restaurant or enjoy my favorite foods. I have not yet returned to work and don't know if I'll be able to. When this disease gets really bad people have to go on liquid diets or even have feeding tubes inserted or their stomachs removed. There's also a stomach pacemaker that's for worst case scenarios. Am I a worst case scenario? I don't know yet. Much like yourself, I am in a state of fear, anger, and disbelief. How can this be happening to "healthy" me?
I am so very glad that you made it through your crisis. I know there will be lifestyle changes, doctor visits, and worries about your future health. For now, please concentrate on, yes, healing well. And making some plans for what you want to do in the years you have in front of you. I lost my dad to heart disease in '04 (he was 70). I wish he was still here to hug. Instead, I am sending you hugs and all my good thoughts. Best to you and your family.