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My name is Starr Andrews Strong. I have been a model, spokesperson, radio hostess, wife and mother. I can add author to this list now. I am excited to be writing this book and look forward to it being a success.
At the age of fifteen, I began suffering from chronic pain, which was finally diagnosed as Fibromyalgia. My mother also suffers from Fibromyalgia. Not much is known about Fibromyalgia but like many conditions, Fibromyalgia is generally believed to run in families. At 19 years old I was diagnosed with CVS -Cyclic vomiting syndrome. As a mother of a baby girl born in 2011, the fact that my daughter has a higher chance of suffering from Fibromyalgia/CVS and HG frightens me.
During my pregnancy with my daughter, I also suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This rare pregnancy complication results in severe nausea and vomiting throughout the duration of the pregnancy. As i like to refer it as: 9 months of hell. This is morning sickness times a thousand. This is morning sickness on crack, which often results in the death of the fetus and malnutrition of the mother. Many women require intravenous fluids and medications to survive until the birth of their babies. I was very sick and vomited up to 100+ times a day to the point of blood. I feel I did not have good medical care at the hospital I had to go to in 2010. Due to that I was mistreated, mislabeled, and treated as HG was my fault.
As a survivor these three devastating diseases which are relatively unknown and very much misunderstood. I am making it my goal in life to increase the public’s awareness of these diseases. Hopefully with increased education of the public and medical professionals and additional research into these conditions, my daughter will not have to suffer like me. I am also dedicating my life to be an advocate for other women who suffer. I hope by telling my story I can help other women not feel so alone and helpless. Many mothers like myself are left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of HG; with no help, no post partum care and this is why it is important to fight for better medical care for all. I am still very sick in the aftermath of HG, I struggle each day with pain and sickness, I still suffer with nausea & vomiting that at times is as severe as HG but its CVS (Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome). The first 4 years I was vomiting every day, more awareness needs to be made both for CVS and HG. After my daughter was born, due to HG, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis: a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper emptying of your stomach so the food sits in my stomach and rots. I never had this until HG. Life after HG has been hard for me, picking up the pieces has been harder. Being very ill and disabled, HG has taken so much from me. Raising awareness is what keeps me going and not giving up. I have started an HG movement and plan to change this world by being a hard core activist about HG. My daughter has many health issues and mental health issues as a result of my care while pregnant. I run a group on Facebook that's a support group for HG mothers who suffer before, during and the aftermath.
There is two sides of pregnancy the beautiful side and ugly, my book will tell the darker side of pregnancy you haven't seen.
Stay tuned for updates and for release date of my book.
Starr Andrews Strong
Founder and Director
Yeni has been part of HGBDATA since 2011. Before Hyperemesis Gravidarum hit her newlywed family, she was going to school for her BA in Criminal Justice and Mechanical Engineering but intern she would met the love of her life when she least suspected it. Before HG, Yeni was a bodybuilder and into fitness: it was one of her passions that she enjoyed very much. Yeni volunteered in a convalescent home caring for many elderly women and men that were left to die and she would brighten there day by talking with them and making them feel loved. Yeni also is an experienced massage therapist that has worked with bodybuilders (so they can heal faster) as well as chiropractors. Yeni has always cared about others and has a big heart. This was very important to Starr as she needed someone that she could trust and had the same drive and passion as her. It's so important to both of them to run HGBDATA the way they do. Once her and her husband got married, what should of been the happiest time of their life turn into sheer horror due to HG.
After going through Hyperemesis Gravidarum the first time she wanted to help other mothers and that is how Yeni and Starr met. Yeni had a little girl the same month and year as Starr. Years later she had a little boy as well. Two kids is more than enough as it took a huge toll on her physically, mentally and emotionally . Yeni has spoken about the aftermath of Hyperemesis Gravidarum as her co director Starr has.
Yeni and Starr have the same goals, passion and joy of helping other mothers and their unborn babies. It's important to Yeni to help every mom out there or struggling in the aftermath.
Together Starr and Yeni are the voice of HG and the aftermath. HGBDATA will help any mother that needs to seek help and treatment for HG!
Being a support sister and HG crises volunteer is important to Yeni. Saving moms and their babies from the hell she went through and making a difference in the Hyperemesis Gravidarum community is at the top of her priorities.
Starr Andrews Strong
You Can Find Starr Andrews Strong HGactivist page here, she post on HG daily.
About HG Before During And The Aftermath
HG Before During and the Aftermath is a Worldwide Awareness HG Organization. It comprises of HG mothers and HG activists dedicated to support and advocate for HG mothers. Our organization offers support-sisters and ongoing crisis support to mothers during an HG pregnancy as well as in the aftermath.
HG Before During And The Aftermath was founded in 2011 by Starr Andrews Strong. Starr Andrews Strong felt the desire to write a book due to her HG pregnancy and overcoming the odds. Starr suffered from HG severely; without the support of her husband (who gave her the strength to fight and not give up) she wouldn't of survived. Starr did not want other mothers to suffer the way she did due to the lack of care she received. As well as in the aftermath of HG; as the Strong family has. Going through HG and having to try to put their lives back together was not an easy task.
Starr and Yeni have multiple HG groups on Facebook. HGBDATA is our main group. HGBDATA covers all 3 aspects of HG: before, during and the aftermath. We also have a group for fathers going through HG with their wife's or girlfriends, we have a group for the aftermath of our children. We also have a group where moms and dads can get support together.
HGBDATA offers HG support sisters to mothers who are currently suffering from HG or if a mom is really struggling in the aftermath. We have HG volunteers all other the world that have gone through HG and are here and dedicated their free time to helping mothers in need.
HG is a life threatening pregnancy condition that can kill you and your unborn child. One out of 3 babies do not make it to a live birth.
One night, Starr laid on the bathroom floor; to weak to move or to speak but only to vomit blood and stomach bile. Starr promised herself and her unborn baby daughter that if they made it, if they were to survive these 9 months of hell, she would educate the world on what Hyperemesis Gravidarum is and to speak publicly how HG is not morning sickness, it's beyond. Starr promised herself if any HG mother needed support she would be there for them. This is how HGBDATA was founded by Starr Andrews Strong. Starr is and has been a support sister to many HG mothers who have it currently or suffering in the aftermath. Starr and her team help thousands of mothers know they are not alone. They are there to give support and find resources to help each mom. Every mom seeking help is taken under Starr’s wing. Many of our volunteers are moms who Starr gave support to during their pregnancy.
Starr was left to feel alone after having her daughter. She was still very sick with nausea and vomiting, sick with severe-chronic-fatigue and chronically weak after HG. The medical doctors did not help her at all. Starr was left sick with no answers by the multiple doctors she visited because she been sick off and on her whole life. The name of our Organization has meaning, as our life before HG was different, during HG as we are robbed of a normal pregnancy. The aftermath you are left without needing physical mental and emotional health care that is not offered to an HG mother. Medical doctors expect you to be fine and move on. Many HG mothers are left with PTSD, PPD, and PPA, along with many other things such as decayed teeth from chronic vomiting and malnutrition. Starr and her team members hopes are to change the way the media and doctors and the world, see HG.
HG is NOT morning sickness and we want to fight and make a stand for the HG mothers who suffer in silence. We are fighting everyday to help mothers and their babies get the help they need by giving on-going support daily. It is Starr's dream to go to congress and have them recognize a standard medical protocol for all HG mothers so they can have the proper treatment for HG at a worldwide level. We know this is a huge goal but we are ready to make it happen.
Currently Starr and her co-director Yeni hope to have the book released by the end of 2017, early 2018. We are working very hard to make the book be the success it needs to be to save life's. If you need a support sister, resources or help with knowing what medications can help with HG, please contact us. If you like to find a volunteer in your area, please contact us. Remember, we also run a Facebook group with the same name where you can talk to mothers all over the world to get daily support from our group. HG Before During and the Aftermath
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Disclaimer: HG before during and the aftermath does not intend to dispense medical advice and should not be considered medical advice or counsel. If you have a question about your health or the health of your child please consult your physician. *If speaking with an HG crisis volunteer, we offer support and understanding. We will help you advocate, but always speak with your doctor.* We are not giving medical advice. The stories and information here are educational and of personal opinion only and should not be used as a substitute for medical help. You can contact us for questions or help with HG and for a personal HG support sister, advocating, and help with explaining to your doctor about HG. WE want you to know you are never alone and are here for mothers with HG and in the aftermath of HG. Information on this website is courtesy from The HER Foundation. The Her Foundation can be found at www.helpher.org. If any of our information is used we also credit the source.