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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Mar 26, 2018

Torie is a young adult with gastroperesis. Torie's journey has been a long one which includes a car accident, receiving total nutrition through an IV, NOT EATING FOOD FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR, and being told her illness was related to anxiety. These things, however, don't even touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Torie has been through. Eventually with the help of the device and taking control of her invisible illness through being diligent and sticking to a "Torie-Friendly Diet," Torie has been able to eat food and live her life in a way that brings her joy. 

Torie is currently a child life intern living in New York, pursuing her dream of becoming a child life specialist. Torie attributes her positive coping to keeping a grateful attitude, the help of her family and friends, and the people she's met along the way that she refers to as "spoonies." Torie recommends G-PACT, the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, The Spoon Theory, and social media to helping connect her with others going through similar experiences. You can connect with her on Instagram.

Torie's optimistic and positive perspective on life is infectious, and we are honored to have the opportunity to hear her story. To follow along with this podcast, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.