2017 Gastroparesis Awareness Week


WHEREAS, gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine; and

WHEREAS, gastroparesis is a chronic stomach illness that affects more than 5 million people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, symptoms of gastroparesis include debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and it can lead to serious complications such as malnourishment, dehydration, extreme weight loss, and overwhelming fatigue; and

WHEREAS, there is little awareness of gastroparesis, no known cure, and few effective treatment options or medications; and

WHEREAS, Gastroparesis Awareness Week is an opportunity to encourage greater understanding of gastroparesis in both the general public and the medical community; and

WHEREAS, broader awareness of gastroparesis promotes research, improved medications, additional treatment options, better support, more funding options, and hope for the future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 13-19, 2017, as GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.