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Living With HOPE: Guest : Kimberly Stegman-Adkins

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Kimberly was diagnosed with 'Idiopathic' Gastroparesis 7 yrs ago after becoming extremely ill. My Gastroparesis was found after completing a Gastric Emptying Test that showed my stomach was only emptying food less than 2%. I then had exploratory surgery with my gallbladder removed in hopes of helping aid digestion as well to check for any further problems with my organs. After 2 weeks recovery unfortunately it did not help my Gastroparesis. I was approached in Oct 2004 by "44 Blue Productions" on doing a show on Gastroparesis for A&E so I flew to Las Vegas to tape the show on Gastroparesis and the part it plays in my everyday life as well others who suffer from this poorly researched illness. I met some truly genuine and caring people during my time out in Las Vegas. The show was picked up only as a pilot and aired on the west coast. In October 2005, I decided to start the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization working with other Gastroparesis patients, family members, loved ones, medical profession, bio-tech companies and International government to help shed light on much needed medical research and public awareness. I refuse to allow anyone with Gastroparesis to suffer alone or in silence, its important that the patient speaks out. The Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign to this date has brought much success creating public attention to this rare illness by promoting statewide education programs. The design & launching of the first Gastroparesis Awareness magnetic car ribbon was released late 2005. I have worked over the past 5 years with Gov't officials in helping to declare national awareness programs for Gastroparesis in various states helping to educate health care professionals and state citizens. My long-term goal is to get all 50 states to recognize Gastroparesis helping to educate others on this poorly researched GI motility disorder.

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