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Petition for Recognizing Gastroparesis as a Disability by the SSA

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This petition is being created in the hopes of one day having the Social Security Administration recognize Gastroparesis as a disability. We are asking congress to support this request by the people. This condition is a very debilitating illness. It causes severe stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, and nausea; to mention just a few of the symptoms. It can lead to malnourishment, due to lack of appetite; loss of income, due to termination of employment caused by numerous missed work days; and being restricted to a home bound lifestyle, due to complications of the illness and constant sickness. In severe cases, Gastroparesis can also lead to death, due to starvation from the inability eat and digest food properly; infections and complications in patients who are on feeding tubes or Parenteral Nutrition (TPN); and very serious surgeries that cannot be reversed and that reduce the quality of life greatly. In addition, there are usually other health conditions that are associated with this illness. We desperately need Gastroparesis recognized as a disability by the SSA, for those who are severely suffering and can no longer hold down a job. We are entitled to these benefits and should be able to receive them. Gastroparesis is on the rise, which is why we need to make this a reality. In a study published by Current Gastroenterology Reports in 2007, 29% of people had developed Gastroparesis as a result of having Diabetes; 36% of people had idiopathic Gastroparesis (cause unknown); and in 13% of the people, it was caused by complication of surgeries. There are approximately 5 million people in just the United States living with this horrible illness. It is now time to take a stand and force our congressmen and government officials to listen to us and see that something is done to make this happen. Please sign this petition and make your voice heard!! Thank you!

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Jun 26th at 8:44 pm
Someone from Sebring, OH signed.
Jun 23rd, 2017
Judith D. from Belgrade, ME writes:
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My 25 year old daughter was diagnosed with gastroparesis when she was about 19. She suffers with terrible, nausea, vomiting aND has had to go the the hospital to be rehydrate because she couldn't hold down water. I worry about her ability to hold a steady job due to this disease. Gasyeoparesus is a very serious illness that can lead to death and should be recognized as a disabling one.
Jun 22nd, 2017
Someone from Hightstown, NJ writes:
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I am still in college studying to be a teacher. I have run out of class, I don't even know how many times, to vomit. I end up going to student health services and most of the time they send me to the hospital since the pain is unbearable. My episodes are also unpredictable. I am on so many medications, I changed my diet, I go to multiple doctors at least once a month. I'm in pain and nauseous all the time. I am scared that I won't be able to do what I'm passionate about because I get randomly sick.
Jun 21st, 2017
Kim K. from Owensboro, KY signed.
Jun 19th, 2017
Debbie K. from Kennewick, WA writes:
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my niece gas suffered long enough ! she need a special formula which her husbands insurance does not cover she cant tolerate most liquid nutrition. she is starving. social security says her dusorder doesnt qualify. why.
Jun 18th, 2017
Sheliah G. from Bluefield, VA signed.
Jun 16th, 2017
Sabrina P. from Kyle, WV signed.
Jun 14th, 2017
Michael S. from Ellsworth, KS signed.
Jun 12th, 2017
Cheryl M. from Fowlerville, MI writes:
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I am suffering from this illness, cause for me can be many possibilities because I've had each of these occurrences of possible cause in my lifetime. I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy, but I do wish one or two who make decisions whether its debilitating or not to get it. You wouldn't be making said decisions because you wouldn't be able to work everyday. It's a terrible illness to have along with fighting other nerve damage from other parts of my body along with chronic fatigue,depression,anxiety, degenerative disc disease, NASH, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis etc .. I need not go on.
Jun 6th, 2017
Hildie T. from Elmore, OH signed.