TPN Awareness Week!!!

Happy TPN/HPN awareness week! This week, the OLEY foundation recognizes August 7-11 to help spread information and awareness of TPN/HPN. (TPN is sometimes called HPN, which stands for HOME Parenteral Nutrition. They’re considered the same thing). This week, I hope to share as much as I can about TPN, and where to find information and resources for those who are starting TPN, know someone who relies on it, or simply wants to know more.

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Being on TPN at first, besides being scary, was isolating. I felt very different, and I wasn’t sure how to navigate my life. I started out being on TPN 12 hours a day. That meant if I wanted to go to a friends, out to dinner, out to a movie, or anything of the sort, I needed to go prepared. At first, the idea of being away from home during that time was daunting. All the what ifs would flood my brain and I didn’t do much in the evenings for a long time.

Over time, as I got stronger being on TPN, and became used to it, I felt more comfortable doing things with it. Right now, it’s as much a part of me as my right arm is.

This week, you can expect a lot of TPN related posts from me, and I hope that each of you learns a little something this week. You never know who you may meet down the road that you yourself could help with your newfound TPN knowledge.

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