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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 6 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 about the devastating effects of gastroparesis in both the general public and the medical community and promote awareness of this condition for the good of the public health; 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 2019 as GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.