The Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis (LWWGP) Online Program is all about helping you gain control over your symptoms, improve your quality of life, and live WELL despite a gastroparesis diagnosis. For those who primarily struggle with stress management and other lifestyle factors, including socializing and relationships, the Lifestyle & Stress Management Program includes only the four classes related to these areas, PLUS all of the recordings from the Coping, Stress & Anxiety Summit that was offered in 2015.
Class 2: Stress & Coping
This class comes early in the program because the way we think about and handle stress — both from the condition itself and from other areas of our lives — can make all other aspects of symptom management either more or less effective due to the physiological stress response. We’ll discuss reducing and managing stress, but we’ll also discuss how to change our relationship to stress and how our own thoughts and beliefs — especially about gastroparesis — contribute to the effect of stress on our bodies and our experience.
Class 3: GP-Friendly Habits & Lifestyle
Often underestimated, the small choices we make every single day have a significant impact on our symptom management, overall health, and quality of life (for better or worse). In this class we’ll discuss how physical activity, sleep, relaxation, habits, and behaviors impact gastroparesis and how to start making positive changes in these areas.
Class 10: Support & Relationships
While working on our own management plan is important, we all have other people in our lives that impact and are impacted by our experience with gastroparesis. This class focuses on helping our loved ones understand gastroparesis, building a solid support team, dealing with “non-supporters,” managing romantic relationships, maintaining friendships, and socializing. We’ll also about self-esteem issues related to the condition.
Class 11: Day-to-Day Life with Gastroparesis
In this class, we’ll talk about continuing with day-to-day life while managing gastroparesis. This includes managing a household, taking care of children, working, going to school, traveling for business or pleasure,and eating in restaurants/away from home.
Coping, Stress & Anxiety Summit
This day-long online summit featured six experts in the fields of psychology, stress management, and mindfulness, presenting on various aspects of coping with gastroparesis and reducing the stress and anxiety it often brings. Each of the hour-long sessions were recorded live and includes participant Q&A.
- Session 1: Anxiety, Illness & Acceptance by Kelli Walker
- Session 2: Mindfulness & Compassionate Awareness by Natalie Bell
- Session 3: Redefining “Incurable” by AshleyJane Kneeland
- Session 4: Why Positive Thinking Won’t Improve Your Experience… and What Will by Amy Johnson
- Session 5: Teasing Apart Food Anxiety from Organic Symptoms by Gina Ryan
- Session 6: Staying Connected Through Illness by Rebecca Wong
Bonus Class: Understanding Gastroparesis for Loved Ones
This 90-minute video class and Q&A, will help loved ones of those with gastroparesis better understand the condition and the ways in which they can best support the person with GP in their life. Topics includes: gastroparesis 101, common misconceptions, the comprehensive management plan, how it feels mentally and physically to have GP, ways to offer support, and how everyone — those with GP and their loved ones — can live (well!) despite the gastroparesis diagnosis.