Gastroparesis is a cruel illness. It greedily takes and takes and takes and leaves you with heartache and an empty stomach. Once you think you have a good grip on the reigns, it shakes you right off as a reminder of who’s boss. Over the past four and a half years with gastroparesis, I’ve lost my ability to eat food all together many times. Sometimes I can eat a handful of “safe” foods, sometimes I can only tolerate Ensure, and at my worst I was fed via a feeding tube in my intestines.