I have worn a backpack for my nutritional needs since I was a child. My backpack always was a part of me, but it never defined me. Wearing a backpack all day everyday was my normal.
29 years ago, I was born with Short Bowel Syndrome, and immediately became dependent on nutrition from an IV in my chest (central line), and from a feeding tube in my stomach (gastrostomy tube). I went to school from Kindergarten through college with 2 backpacks. One for my school books and one for my enteral feeds. I was known as the backpack girl or the girl with the backpack. In first grade at 6 years old, I started at a new school, and for the first time another classmate asked me, “what is in your backpack?” I immediately responded, “None of your business!”
I went to school from Kindergarten through college with two backpacks. One for my school books and one for my enteral feeds… Now, for the first time, with the Mighty Pack, I only need one.