Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month, originating as Gastroparesis Awareness Week in 2009, was founded by G-PACT to encompass the date of our founding, August 23, 2001. Since then, we changed it to include the entire month of August and changed it to be inclusive of multiple Digestive Tract Paralysis conditions including gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and colonic inertia.
Follow the month closely at www.gastroparesisawarenessmonth.org
Over the years we have provided many opportunities for patients to increase awareness in a variety of ways. This month has become an internationally recognized month for gastroparesis. It has gotten bigger every year, and we continue to provide more ways for everyone to participate and advocate in increasing awareness and helping us fight for a cure. This includes posting to Facebook, Twitter, getting involved in congressional call-in-days to support our many initiatives, reaching out to local media, and educating the public.
We have seen incredible success through this month. We hear many stories of people who were finally able to be diagnosed as a result of learning more about these conditions they had never heard about. Some find better doctors, are able to discover a more suitable treatment option, and many meet others.
The month has helped family members and friends better understand the challenges of these conditions, and has made multiple international and U.S. based newspapers over the last seven years.
2016 marks our 15th year of operation as an organization. We are using the theme “Fighting Fifteen” this year and have a number of new events taking place which we have never done before! The month includes contests through Facebook and Twitter, as well as events anyone can get involved in outside in their local communities to increase awareness.
We are announcing the launch of out new website dedicated to the month. The new Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month website dives deeper into the month and will be updated every day throughout the month to reflect our activities and the activities of those who participate.
The website includes a list of events taking place all month, with a special focus on events taking place during awareness week, the final week of August.