2017 Dysautonomia Awareness Month


WHEREAS, dysautonomia is an umbrella term for medical conditions that result in a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for bodily functions,  including heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, digestion, temperature control, and more; and

WHEREAS, some forms of dysautonomia are considered rare diseases, such as Multiple System Atrophy and Pure Autonomic Failure, while other forms of dysautonomia are common, such as Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy, Neurocardiogenic Syncope, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; and

WHEREAS, dysautonomia impacts people of any age, gender, race and background; and

WHEREAS, dysautonomia can be debilitating, greatly hindering an individual’s ability to lead a normal life, and can even result in death; and

WHEREAS, increased awareness about dysautonomia will help patients get diagnosed and treated earlier, save lives, and foster support for individuals and families coping with dysautonomia; and

WHEREAS, Dysautonomia Support Network is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of patients living with dysautonomia, and encourages communities around the world to celebrate Dysautonomia Awareness Month each October; and

WHEREAS, Dysautonomia Awareness Month recognizes the contributions of the professional medical community, patients, and family members working to educate Virginians about dysautonomia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2017 as DYSAUTONOMIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.