Proclamation to Establish August as Gastroparesis Awareness Month

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that more than 5 million people are afflicted with gastroparesis, a sometimes debilitating chronic illness; yet, there is little awareness, no known cure, and few effective treatment options.

Whereas, gastroparesis is a chronic illness which, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), affects more than 5 million Americans; and



Whereas, gastroparesis, or "paralysis of the stomach," is a digestive/motility disorder which causes those afflicted to experience debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and can lead to serious complications such as malnourishment, dehydration, extreme weight loss or gain, and overwhelming fatigue; and



Whereas, most of those diagnosed with gastroparesis are labeled idiopathic, and despite extensive testing, cannot be certain of the cause of this disorder, and therefore face treatments which address only the symptoms and not the cause of their disease; and



Whereas, despite the significant impact on the lives of those living with gastroparesis, there is little public awareness, no known cure, and few effective treatment options or medications; and



Whereas, we seek more research, additional treatment options and effective medications, better support, normalcy in our daily lives, and hope for our future; and



Whereas, we seek to educate the medical community and the general public regarding the devastating effects of this disorder and promote awareness of our condition for the good of the public health;



Now, therefore, we, the people directly affected by this disease and those who support us, ask that you officially proclaim August as Gastroparesis Awareness Month in the United States.

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Public Comments (2,058)
Jul 30th, 2018
Debi from Newfoundland, PA writes:
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I have death with this disease for over 18 yrs. it is not a death sentence disease. Use nexi or Tehran. Adjusts your diet and live your life. In the scranton area they are publicly misinforming many. They just want the recognition. There should be “NO MONTH “” as you don’t only suffer with it one month out of the year it is mainly an affect of diabetes and your diet
Jul 30th, 2018
Debi from Newfoundland, PA writes:
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I have death with this disease for over 18 yrs. it is not a death sentence disease. Use nexi or Tehran. Adjusts your diet and live your life. In the scranton area they are publicly misinforming many. They just want the recognition. There should be “NO MONTH “” as you don’t only suffer with it one month out of the year it is mainly an affect of diabetes and your diet
Aug 10th, 2017
kelly n. from Thomasville, NC signed.
Aug 10th, 2017
kelly n. from Thomasville, NC signed.
Aug 9th, 2017
Alice B. from Hobbs, NM signed.
Nov 9th, 2016
comm c. from Oaks, PA signed.
Sep 23rd, 2016
Someone from Owensboro, KY signed.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Belen, NM signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Winona, MN writes:
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My 36year old daughter is surfing with GP and to watch all that she has to go through is unbearable sometimes,the pain she has to deal with on a daily basis is unreal, I don't understand why doctors are so uncaring and that she's doing this stuff to her self or that she's faking it,No one would every wish this on anyone.It is real and doctor's and other people need to believe it,there is so much more to her story but like you all don't really care anyways,cuz its not you or one of your loved ones!!!!!!!
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Belvedere Tiburon, CA writes:
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My 34 yr old daughter is struggling w/this & POTS - depressing for her & her mom who feel so helpless to help! Even Mayo hasn't been able to do much but diagnose it. Hope help comes soon.

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