Welcome to the monthly eNewsletter of the 
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - August 2017

Gastroparesis, like many chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, is a long-term condition that can significantly impair the quality of life and well-being of those affected. It touches not only those suffering with the condition but also friends, family members, and caregivers. It affects relationships in the classroom, in the workplace, and social interactions.  

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. During this month we recognize the burden gastroparesis poses on those affected and the need for research into new and better treatments. By working together as a community, we can promote global awareness and pave the way towards treatments and cures.
Survey Reveals Unmet Needs of People with Gastroparesis
Awareness of gastroparesis critical to improving health for patients

This August, IFFGD highlights results of a research survey of people with gastroparesis published by IFFGD together with researchers from Temple University School of Medicine. Findings of the survey show that general health as well as social function are decreased in people with the condition and treatments that target not only symptoms, but quality of life issues are needed. 

Read IFFGD's Gastroparesis Awareness Month  educational release or check out the full survey report to learn more.
Crystal Shares Her Tips for Traveling with Gastroparesis

Managing symptoms of gastroparesis at home can be difficult, but traveling poses an even greater challenge.  Certified Health Councilor, Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli offers her tips for enjoying time away from home without compromising symptom management.   
Upcoming Gastroparesis Chat Sponsored by the ANMS

Join IFFGD on Thursday, August 31st from 12-1 PM EST in a Gastroparesis Twitter Chat hosted by The American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society ( @ANMSociety) using  #ANMSChat . The chat will be moderated by Dr. Linda Nguyen, MD, Director of GI Motility and Neurogastroenterology at Stanford University.
Advocate Deb Hosts Gastroparesis Awareness Event

On August 17th, gastroparesis advocate Deb and others raised awareness for gastroparesis by illuminating their neighborhoods in green for Gastroparesis Awareness Month and spreading awareness on social media with #Green4GP

By raising awareness in your community, you contribute to a growing understanding of the impact of these conditions. Learn more about Gastroparesis Awareness Month and how you can get involved. 
National Advocacy Day 2017
Take action on September 12th

On Tuesday, September 12th we invite you to join IFFGD and advocates across the U.S. in taking action on behalf of all those affected by functional GI and motility disorders. On this day we will reach out as one to our House Members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor bill H.R. 1187 and support research into treatments and cures.

Click to learn more about Advocacy Day and how you can participate. And, be sure to join the conversation on Twitter with #HR1187.
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