This Is Why I Love My Job (Claudia’s Success Story)
As you may know, in addition to having gastroparesis myself, I also work with others with the disease as a health and nutrition counselor. The best thing about my job is being able to truly make a difference in the way someone feels on a daily basis. I recently received an email from one of my clients that had me grinning from ear to ear.
With her permission, I’m posting the letter below — not to “toot my own horn” or promote my services but simply to remind everyone what a difference diet and lifestyle modifications can make for those of us living with gastroparesis.
I wanted to take a moment this morning to share some thoughts with you that I felt strongly compelled to share. I speak to you 2x/month where the time seems to fly by each time. I go about my days and over time, I have begun to wonder if you really truly understand what an impact you have had on daily life…let me explain.
First, this is what I posted on my facebook page this morning…
“I am so grateful for the health counselor I work with bi-monthly…She has changed my life on so many levels. She taught me that my gastropresis was effecting my life more than I could have ever realized (i.e – Reactive Hypoglycemia). I don’t know that she will ever really know what a blessing she has been to my life…I am so grateful God arranged our paths to cross. No accident I am sure”
Crystal, when I met you, I was at a place where my life revolved around what I ate for the wrong reasons. I was never sure what kind of a day I would have b/c it all depended on how my body reacted to the foods I ate on so many levels. You have brought exactly what I wanted into my life that I now see I have been missing since I was a CHILD (was very sensitive to foods)….PREDICTABILITY. You have made it possible for me to begin setting goals for myself and my life even if it means not having children in this lifetime. Goals were never an option for me to any great degree as my motivation level depended on how I reacted to foods at ANY given moment.
If it were not for the other reasons my husband and I have decided not to have children, and if this was the only reason (which my reactive hypoglycemia WAS one reason – my moods were always so unpredictable), you would have opened the door for us to move forward with that dream simply by educating me on what was actually happening in my body and why.
I have a lot of faith in traditional meds in many ways but you have done for me what no doctor has ever been able to do and that is teach me to truly get to know my body and find BALANCE. You cant put a price on that.
I wanted to write you so that if you ever wonder why God led you on this path you could look back and read this. If for no other reason (and I am sure there ARE many reasons why he did) it was to change MY life in ways that I never thought were possible. I believe that you were given a gift that I SO encourage you to use to write a BOOK one day about all this for people like me who felt so lost and truly alone. You should even think about seminars, workshops, etc.
There are SO many more people like myself out there who DON’T have gastroparesis but who dont understand about reactive hypoglycemia! You need to be reaching out to them too (in my opinion anyway – lol). They need someone like you to teach them that they are not “broken” as I had thought before meeting you and that there IS hope for them.
I want you to know that if you would like to put this letter on your website, please know that you have my FULL permission to do so and I invite you to give a little background to my story so that the impact of what you have done is truly apparent.
Traditional medicine has done wonders for me in my lifetime having had 43 surgeries and has saved my life on several occasions. However, when all is said and done, if your body still doesnt function at its greatest potential on a daily basis, you can’t go out into the world and be your best. You have been yet another stepping stone on MY path to living my very best life.
I am embarrassed to say that I cry as I write this because although we meet every two weeks, I thank GOD for our “chance” encounter every single day. Whether we work together for another month or we check in with one another every few months for a session (which I am pretty sure I want to do after we are through), please know that I think of you daily and how without your help I would never really ever know my full potential.
Thank you for being such a blessing in my life and showing me that with the right knowledge and support there truly is hope for those of us who live daily with gastroparesis.
With my deepest gratitude always,
Claudia De Mauro M.S.,Ed.
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