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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, also known as “paralysis of the stomach,” 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 Month is an opportunity to encourage greater understanding of gastroparesis in both the general public and the medical community; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages further research, improved medications, additional treatment options, and better support for those affected by gastroparesis;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2018 as GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.