Life with Gastroparesis: Fighting to Eat, Fighting to Live

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A  guest post by Clay Gilbert, author of “Annah” and “Dark Road to Paradise” clay gilbert

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if that nice meal out you’ve been looking forward to all week turned out to be your worst nightmare? If you couldn’t finish more than a couple of bites? Have you thought about what a struggle your life would be if there were days on end when you couldn’t even eat solid food without nausea? These aren’t just rhetorical questions. For those suffering from gastroparesis, these are daily realities.

Gastroparesis is a word that means what it may sound like: according to the Mayo Clinic, “Gastroparesis is a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach does not function normally (”

Medical definitions are one thing, but for those living with the disease, here are a few ways gastroparesis…

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Win an Adventure in Borneo!

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Live through your senses, not your screens.

My friends at Vivobarefoot have come up with a fabulous promotion. You can learn to live, move, and travel in the wild from natural movement coaches!  Just surprise the folks at Vivo as instructed in the . . .

Zooman to Human three-part challenge:

Post images or videos of you completing our weekly challenges to show your transition from ‘Zooman to Human’ on Facebook or Instagram, mentioning #ZoomanToHuman.


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Every week we will release the details of a new challenge, and the best photo or video for that week will instantly win a pair of Vivobarefoot shoes!


At the end of the month, a single winner will be selected by wilderness expert, Ben McNutt, from entries who have completed all three of the challenges.


We are looking for the most creative responses. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or better yet, forget the box entirely. Surprise and shock us, we want you to be as wild as possible…


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TWO Exciting Happenings


  1. Smashwords is having their annual July sale.  My books are discounted or free!  Go here through the end of July



  1. The NEW Godly Expectations with Parts 1 & 2 sells for $9.99, but is free for 5 days! starting July 6. This is also the book I hope will soon be made into an audio book.



Contest to win $150 Amazon gift card! Only a few weeks left.

I found a great contest with a great prize! All you have to do is visit the authors listed. Click on “A Rafflecopter giveaway” (tiny link halfway down the page). Or I’ve copied it here a Rafflecopter giveaway, see if this one works.  Enjoy! You’ll get free books from some of the authors listed at the Rafflecopter site just for requesting their newsletter. Happy Independence (authors) day.!



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New Book Coming!

It’s still in development stages, but I have an idea for a new novel. I think I will be posting chapters here if you’d like to read along!

It’s from an idea I had to look at characters in artwork and write them into a story. More soon including first paragraphs.

Here’s a clue. Who is she? How does she live her life? Stay tuned.


Book Review: The Torch Principle


Buy “The Torch Principle” here

The Torch Principle: Light Up Your Mind is a fun book, but not easy. Javier Ideami has written a creative book on solving one’s problems. This book is compelling and innovative and a lot of work went into its creation. If you want creative ideas for improving your life, they are here. While Ideami will not tell you in so many words how to solve your problem, he will help you to determine precisely what it is with a series of questions and “drilling down” to the core and root of the issue. With exacting detail, he gives instructions for looking at the problem in many different ways.

He has even developed online tools which the reader can access, making this a truly multimedia accomplishment with videos, charts, and software to look at your issue in myriad ways. One of Ideami’s main points is to diverge (look at all sides and even at things that may not seem to connect) and then converge (connect them). By brainstorming, the reader can discover many, many ideas, even though some of them sound crazy, even though some of them sound dumb. But through all of this searching and trying, the reader will come up with something new that works.

I find this method truly creative and, while reading The Torch Principle, I decided on my “challenge” (Ideami’s word for a problem or issue). That very day, I made a contact regarding my challenge and I received a phone call that evening to schedule a meeting on it for the next day. I’m a believer and this method sparked new confidence in me. Hopefully, the rest will be history after the meeting.

The Lovely Culpeper Garden

April 2016 A to Z Challenge. I’m participating by writing about history. C is for Culpeper Garden at Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle is located in Maidstone, Kent, England. It was a Norman stronghold in the 11th and 12th centuries, a royal palace in the 13th through 15th, and a Tudor palace in […]

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32 Writing Contests in April 2016 – No Entry Fees… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Excerpt from an article on Published To Death Blog: There are loads of free literary contests in April, some with substantial prizes. All genres and forms are included, from humorous poetry, to short fiction, to full length-works, both published and unpublished. Some of these contests have age and regional restrictions, so be sure to read […]

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