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National/State Gastroparesis Awareness Month

August 1, 2017

Everywhere Worldwide: August has been proclaimed by many Governors as Gastroparesis Motility Disorder Month/Week/Day. In addition, August has also been selected as Gastroparesis Awareness Month for the 2017 NHO Health Observances Calendar.

Gastroparesis Fighting For a Change in Arkansas is hosting an event to raise awareness for motility disorders and memorialize those who have died from these incurable illnesses. Green luminaries will be lit during Alive After Five, in Downtown Jonesboro, on August 17 from 5-8 pm along the sidewalks of Huntington Avenue between Main and Church. For children attending the event, green glow sticks will be provided. It is this twofold mission for which we are asking you to come out and show your support. There are many other events joining us on this day.

The colors green and yellow are the nationally recognized colors for Gastroparesis and motility disorders.

Millions have been diagnosed with motility disorders, including Gastroparesis, IBS, Colon Inertia, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, and many others. Through diet changes and medications, some patients are able to maintain fully functional lives. However, some patients have layered diagnosis and are homebound. Much like other types of disorders – no two patients are alike. One important fact to remember is that just because you see someone eating, it doesn’t mean their digestive tract is functioning properly.