And if you’ve landed here, we bet you are one too!
We are passionate about GERD; so passionate, in fact, that we’ve been accused of being downright nerdy about understanding the disease so we can help doctors to help patients identify the cause and resolve their symptoms.
We are so proud to be nerds of GERD. We plan to use this blog to share interesting and exciting information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease.
You are not alone. GERD patients by default are also nerds. We know it’s a disease that requires daily survival strategies to cope. We are with you. Here your GERD nerd-iness is welcomed and embraced.
If you’ve not seen this YouTube Video, it’s worth a watch. Here’s Jennifer Black-Moir description: Calgary Comic Expo, April 27th 2013, Wil Wheaton gives a message to my daughter on why it is awesome to be a nerd.
Here are excerpts from this spontaneous soliloquy that captures the essence of nerdiness. And while we know that you aren’t in love with GERD, we understand the focus and attention it requires – we get it:
“…when I was growing up, being a nerd meant that I liked things that were a little weird that took a lot of effort to appreciate and understand. It meant that I loved science… and really understanding what went on in the world instead of just kind of riding the planet through space.
“And when I was a little boy, people really teased us about that, and made us feel like there was something wrong about us for loving those things. Now that I’m an adult, I’m kind of a professional nerd … and I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd [is] not about what you love, it’s about how you love it.
“So there’s gonna be a thing in your life that you love. And I don’t know what it’s gonna be…it might be science…. It doesn’t matter what it is. The way you love that, and the way that you find other people who love it the way you do is what makes being a nerd awesome.
“…The defining characteristic that ties us all together is that we love things. …And some of us love …Star Trek, or Star Wars…or games…or science fiction. Some of us love completely different things, but we all love those things, so much, that we travel from … all over the world so we can be around people who love the things that we love the way that we love them.
“And that’s why being a nerd is awesome. And don’t ever let anyone tell you that that thing that you love, is a thing that you can’t love…”
Debbie Donovan is in the marketing department and is editor of this blog. She’s also managing the GERDHelp social media channels where we post hot stories on heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Deb ice skates and likes routines with fancy footwork and spins.
Sharon Palermo is in the marketing and training department and part of each day is spent sharing the myriad of things said about heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer on the GERDHelp social media channels. Sharon clowns around as a talented balloon artist, cake decorator and face painter. We hope you enjoy her artistry on this blog.