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WHEREAS, dysautonomia is a group of medical conditions that result in a disorder of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) function that generally involves failure of the sympathetic or parasympathetic components of the ANS, but dysautonomia involving excessive or overactive ANS actions also can occur; and
WHEREAS, the ANS is responsible for “automatic” bodily functions, such as respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, temperature control, and other functions; 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, impacting millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, such as Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy, Neurocardiogenic Syncope and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; and
WHEREAS, dysautonomia can impact people of any age, gender, race, and background; and
WHEREAS, some forms of dysautonomia can be debilitating, and symptoms can result in social isolation, economic hardship, disability, and, in some cases, even 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, there is currently no cure for dysautonomia, but ongoing research is building a better understanding of many forms of dysautonomia and offering new hope; and
WHEREAS more than 70 million people worldwide are affected by various forms of dysautonomia, including many individuals living in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, Dysautonomia Support Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of patients living with dysautonomia, encourages communities 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, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2019 as DYSAUTONOMIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.