Sorry I'm a bit late responding. I just had a minor surgery a few days ago and wasn't online for that time. Yes, you are right we probably do live close by. I actually graduated from CSUEB when it was still under its former name Cal State Univ Hayward. As per your question about early symptoms of GP, I just had a lot of nausea, which eventually lead to vomiting, dehydration, and pain. Once it starts progressing, another symptom is early fullness after eating very little. I used to sometimes have difficulty swallowing certain types of food. Symptoms can vary though in each person with GP in type and degree of intensity. My GP was extremely severe in the beginning, then came in cycles, and now occurs a few times a year. When I do experience a GP flare up though, more than half the time I end up in the ER. No, I don't have Kaiser. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, which has been good for the most part.