Patient Voices: Nancy Lazarus on Life with Achalasia

Nancy Lazarus struggled with debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms for 8 years before doctors discovered she had a rare condition called Achalasia. Achalasia is a dysfunction of the muscles in the esophagus that disrupts the proper mechanics of food and liquid flow between the esophagus and the stomach. Nancy details her patient journey, which inspired her to start to champion for those like her who are searching for answers to this rare digestive condition.

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Nancy Lazarus

Nancy Lazarus is a founder of the Achalasia Awareness Organization, a  grassroots movement created to raise awareness about Achalasia, a rare, incurable and progressive esophageal motility disease with only palliative treatment. Nancy is also an achalasia patient who struggled with undiagnosed gastrointestinal symptoms for eight years until her eventual diagnosis. Find out how you can help Nancy and her team at

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