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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 up to 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 consistently safe, reliable, and effective medications or treatments; and
WHEREAS, Gastroparesis Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate the residents of our Commonwealth, the medical community, and the general public regarding the devastating effects of this disorder and promote awareness of gastroparesis for the good of public health; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages further research, improved medications, additional treatment options, better support, and hope for the future;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2020 as GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.