Born with gastroparesis, dismotility of the intestinal track and hyperalgesia everything I do in life is intertwined with my disease. In simpler terms my stomach is paralyzed, my intestines don’t move well and I’m super sensitive to stimuli, meaning I experience pain on a much more intense level than the average person. I can’t eat food and I receive all my nutrition and hydration through a little device in my chest called a central port. My food is called TPN (Total parenteral nutrition). I have a tube that goes into my stomach (G-tube), which lets me drain liquids out of my stomach to keep me from vomiting. Another tube is in my small intestine (J-tube), which is used for medication that I don’t receive via my central port. I’m on a wild ride, on this roller coaster called life, but I’m on a mission to show how a physical, spiritual, psychological or emotional battle can be someone’s greatest blessing. How what they thought was once a curse can really be a blessing in disguise. So let me show you how the holidays can be that much brighter when you’re living with a chronic disease.