August 2021: Gastroparesis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, gastroparesis is a little known or understood chronic illness with an estimated 4 percent of the U.S. population experiencing related symptoms; and,

 

WHEREAS, gastroparesis is "paralysis of the stomach," which causes delayed gastric emptying, which is characterized by sometimes debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, and early satiety, and can lead to serious complications such as malnourishment, dehydration, extreme weight fluctuations, esophageal damage, and dangerously erratic blood sugar levels; and,

 

WHEREAS, there is little awareness, no known cure, and few consistently safe, reliable, and effective medications or treatments; and,

 

WHEREAS, we seek further research, improved medications, additional treatment options, better support, and hope for our future; and,

 

WHEREAS, we seek to promote awareness and educate the residents of our state, the medical community, and the general public regarding the devastating effects of this disorder for the good of public health as a whole;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2021 as Gastroparesis Awareness Month in Michigan.