About The Strasburgs

I am a stay at home wife to the most amazing man on the planet, David Strasburg.  We were married March 14, 2009.  I am 30 years old, and I was born and raised in Utah.  I am a diehard University of Utah fan, and I love football.  I once weighed 302 lbs. and have been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show 3 different times.  My most recent was in April of 2011 for his "Most Memorable Guest" episode.

In 2005 I had gastric bypass and lost 150lbs. In 2009 I got married to the most incredible man in this world, and a month later I became so ill that I almost lost my life.  I was unable to eat for over a year, and lived in and out of the hospital.  I had a home healthcare nurse who would take care of me while my husband was pursuing his medical career full time at the University of Utah.  No doctor could figure out why I was unable to eat or why I was nauseated to the point of being unable to speak 24/7.  They also couldn't figure out while I was in excruciating pain all the time.
In 2010 a doctor finally gave me a chance to live.  He said he had no idea what was wrong, but after doing 12 surgeries in a year that hadn't worked, he would open me up, go into my stomach and try to fix anything that he saw wrong.  When he did that he found that 4 feet of my small bowl had looped together and had died.  He found that my stomach was leaking bacterial fluid throughout my body from my original gastric bypass, and he had found that my intestines had wrapped around and grown onto my liver.  He basically had to rebuild my digestive system.  He gave me a 10% chance that I would live through this surgery.  Well, the good news is I'm still here today, but still have many challenges that I deal with on a daily basis.  

I suffer from nausea still everyday, I no longer have the chance to have children, I can't eat a lot of foods, and I have the hardest time even keeping weight on.  I'm do this blog to let people know that even with my difficulties I am so grateful for my life.  I love every second of it, and I even though it's hard at times, if God will give me another 24 hours with my husband I'm happy.

I started this blog as a way to communicate with people when I was so sick because I couldn't speak and I couldn't leave my home.  It is now my way to share about my life, the people in it, the people I meet, the places I go, and the amazing opportunities that I have.  I have been able to do public speaking, be in magazines, be on television, and many other great opportunities because of this blog and the life I have lead.  

 Thanks so much for checking out my blog!  I hope you keep coming around to see the new and fun things that I'm up to in this fun, crazy, and exciting life that is The Strasburg Family.

1 comment:

Crystal said...

My mother has suffered from a very similar condition for many years. It has been harrowing to watch her overcome her trials. I can sympathize with your daily struggles and hope you continue to improve. So brave of you to write about what you've been through so others will know they too are not alone.