Hi. I am Rachel. I am a stay at home mom to two boys and a former trial attorney. I had lap band surgery in 2005, which caused damage to my esophagus, resulting in a severe swallowing disorder. I had numerous dilations, stents, Botox and exploratory surgery to try to open my esophagus. When none of these worked, it was recommended that I have an esophojeojunoctomy, which would allow me to swallow using gravity. I had my surgery in March 2013. I was unable to find any support groups and the idea of complete stomach removal was very frightening. I found a few women on line who had gone through this and we started a small chat. We discussed vitamins, food, diet plans and life. These chats have formed lifelong friendships. Over time more people were added and I started the support group, Stomachless Living - Support for Total and Partial Gastrectomies.
I found that helping others in their journey has helped me in mine. Having swallowing issues is very scary and people just simply are unable to understand. I have met the most amazing people through my stomachless journey. One of those people is Michelle and I am so happy to be a part of this website.