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Welcome to Amanda Hall's page in support of Gastroparesis.

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for coming to the page I’ve set up on behalf of Dr. Kevin El-Hayek's Gastroparesis Research at Cleveland Clinic.

I am supporting Cleveland Clinic because of the great work they do in putting me first, and because of the research they conduct to prevent and cure diseases. I feel passionately about Cleveland Clinic because of the miracles that take place there every day, and invite you to join me in supporting this world-renowned institution.

 

Please take a minute to read my story.  

Prior to November of 2012 I was a healthy, active 21 year old girl. I was enjoying life with my boyfriend and his daughter, in Nursing school full time, working as a personal trainer, and playing volleyball. On November 3, 2012 I woke up and my life was never the same. My story is all too common among young females suffering from Gastroparesis. The next 2 years have proven to be the hardest, most trying years of my life. I have had to drop out of school, can no longer work, lost close to 50 pounds, have been through multiple hospital stays, emergency room visits, emergency and non emergency surgeries, pumps and feeding tubes, and expected and unexpected trips to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Gastroparesis is a chronic illness, essentially meaning the paralysis of the stomach. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, reflux, lack of appetite, and weight loss. The severity of this disease and the symptoms that come along with Gastroparesis can be different for everyone, making it so hard to not only treat, but to diagnose. I was diagnosed in July of 2013, after being so sick for 8 months. This disease took my life from me and took my smile. It has been a constant battle for 2 years; one that has taken everything out of me and one that leaves me praying every minute of every day for a cure, or even a possible treatment. Gastroparesis currently has no cause, no cure, and very limited treatments. For many of us, those treatments have minimal or no success. Gastroparesis has had minimal research due to unavailablity of research funding, however, Cleveland Clinic is working towards changing these statistics. In Fall of 2013, the Clinic began focusing research on Gastroparesis even though federal research funding has become almost nonexistent. I need your help in bringing me back to life and returning my smile. Any amount, no matter how big or small, I believe will one day find a cure for this illness that has taken my life. You can not only help me but thousands of beautiful young girls that are starving for a cure!

 

You can contribute by clicking on the Support Amanda button above or if you are more comfortable sending a check, please make it out to Cleveland Clinic and put "Amanda Hall" in the memo line. You can mail it to Cleveland Clinic's secure lockbox at:

Attn: Katie Tricarichi, PO Box 931517, Cleveland OH 44193

I will never be able to thank you enough!