Throughout the past 2 weeks I’ve been posting to educate others on this #InvisibleIllness called #Gastroparesis. Some have asked me what they can do and I say #SpreadTheWord. The other thing that everyone can do is help us spread the word in #Congress.
Gastroparesis is #debilitating and can literally #starve us to death. There is no #cure and no way to treat the cause because many don’t know how they acquired the #disease in the first place. There are only temporary band-aids to help treat #symptoms. You would think that if a disease doesn’t allow someone to work or even just live normally day to day that the person would qualify for #disability. But the fact is, Gastroparesis is NOT considered a disability and many who file for the assistance get denied.
We need 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 and make your voice heard!
Also, just because we post that it is Gastroparesis Awareness Month– it doesn’t mean it is nationwide…yet. Many states have approved #proclamations for a week or month but not all have done so. This proclamation asks that #Congress officially proclaim August as Gastroparesis Awareness Month in the United States.
Lastly, there is a #Bill in the #HouseOfRepresentatives right now asking: “to expand the research activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, and for other purposes.” This bill is known as #HR2311 – Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015.
As of right now there are 3 cosponsors of the bill– Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner, Jr. [R-WI-5], Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN-7], and Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA-19]. For more information on this Bill, please visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2311