“My name is Emily Parks and I was born with a rare genetic mutation that affected the development of smooth muscle. This primarily changed my GI system, leading to Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, Short Bowel Syndrome, and Gastroparesis. In short, the muscles in my GI system were too weak to digest and absorb nutrition so I was put on Parenteral Nutrition, or IV nutrition, to meet my nutritional needs. PN is a great therapy and worked for me for over 20 years but overtime I developed multiple secondary complications to it, such as frequent central line infections, poor vascular access, and liver disease.
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