Gastroparesis Awareness Week


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

WHEREAS, gastroparesis is "paralysis of the stomach," which can cause debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and 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, and hope for the future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 7-13, 2016, as GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.