I challenged my 2017-2018 Spokesmodels to think of a cause that means something to them and to plan a photo shoot designated around their chosen campaign. The ladies worked hard and I'm so proud to present their campaigns to you!!
Denise's Gastroparesis Campaign
In 2016 I began feeling sick way to often. It started as just being a little queasy during the day, however, I was able to push through with the day normally. Those days became more frequent and violent episodes of nausea and cramping, often leaving me crying on the bathroom floor with no other way to describe what I was feel besides “I don’t feel good.” These episodes led to many late night trips to the emergency room and many diagnoses of “there’s nothing wrong”. I was loosing weight rapidly, vomiting if I ate anything to big, to heavy, or ate more then roughly 300-400 calories in a day. My hair was falling out, I had zero energy and was an emotional nightmare. In January of 2017 I was officially diagnosed with Gastroparesis.
Gastroparesis loosely translates into “paralyzed stomach” and is also called delayed gastric emptying. It is a disorder explained as the stomach taking too long to empty. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food from the stomach through the digestive tract. Gastroparesis occurs when the vagus nerve no longer works causing the muscles of my stomach not to work normally. In November I had a gastric simulator placed in my stomach and had a pyloroplasty to widen the opening from my intestines to my stomach. As of now less than 5% of the United States suffer from Gastroparesis and there is no cure.
The organization I am supporting is the Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc. (G-PACT). The G-PACT Community uses several ways to provide advice and support to people with DTP. Using different forums and social networking sources allows G-PACT members to reach out to more people in a way that is comfortable or familiar.
This association is important to me because is has provided me with so much information and resources to help me learn about life with a disease. G-PACT can only continue work with the help of financial support. All G-PACT staff are volunteers, so 100% of donations go toward advocacy, awareness and patient support work.
I am hoping that this shoot will bring awareness to Gastroparesis representing our fight with food everyday. This shoot is aimed to show the struggle between something you need to live and having that same thing cause you unbelievable pain. This shoot is for all of us starving for a cure.
If you would like to make a monetary donation towards Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc., you may do so by visiting HERE and scroll down to the "DONATE" button.
To see some stats about Gastroparesis, please watch Denise's campaign video below.
If you are interested in doing a Campaign Mini Session about a cause you are passionate about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set it up! I would love to work with my clients on a one-on-one basis to bring awareness to even more causes in the world!