WHEREAS, dysautonomia is a group of medical conditions that result in a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which 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, greatly hindering an individual’s ability to lead a normal life, and can even result in 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, Dysautonomia International, 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 around the world; 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 2018 as DYSAUTONOMIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.