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Petition for Recognizing Gastroparesis as a Disability by the SSA

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This petition is being created in the hopes of one day having the Social Security Administration recognize Gastroparesis as a disability. We are asking congress to support this request by the people. This condition is a very debilitating illness. It causes severe stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, and nausea; to mention just a few of the symptoms. It can lead to malnourishment, due to lack of appetite; loss of income, due to termination of employment caused by numerous missed work days; and being restricted to a home bound lifestyle, due to complications of the illness and constant sickness. In severe cases, Gastroparesis can also lead to death, due to starvation from the inability eat and digest food properly; infections and complications in patients who are on feeding tubes or Parenteral Nutrition (TPN); and very serious surgeries that cannot be reversed and that reduce the quality of life greatly. In addition, there are usually other health conditions that are associated with this illness. We desperately need Gastroparesis recognized as a disability by the SSA, for those who are severely suffering and can no longer hold down a job. We are entitled to these benefits and should be able to receive them. Gastroparesis is on the rise, which is why we need to make this a reality. In a study published by Current Gastroenterology Reports in 2007, 29% of people had developed Gastroparesis as a result of having Diabetes; 36% of people had idiopathic Gastroparesis (cause unknown); and in 13% of the people, it was caused by complication of surgeries. There are approximately 5 million people in just the United States living with this horrible illness. It is now time to take a stand and force our congressmen and government officials to listen to us and see that something is done to make this happen. Please sign this petition and make your voice heard!! Thank you!

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12 hours ago
Someone from Newark, OH signed.
18 hours ago
Melissa S. from Gurnee, IL writes:
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I have seen the destruction Gastroparesis has caused a family members health and all the pain and suffering she has endured for so many years and still does.... she is currently undergoing surgical treatment that isn't readily accessible or available for individuals who suffer from this horrific disease because it is not recognized appropriately by the government. It's time to change that....
22 hours ago
Terri P. from Owensboro, KY signed.
23 hours ago
Marian W. writes:
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My daughter suffers with this so I know first hand how difficult it is to live and function day to day
1 day ago
Tracey S. from Calhoun, KY signed.
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Deanna F. from Sacramento, KY signed.
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Greta F. from Calhoun, KY signed.
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erica c. from Owensboro, KY writes:
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Michelle N. from Cincinnati, OH writes:
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I have had this since 2011. It leaves me exhausted, malnourished, in a lot of pain and in bed a lot. I have lost a lot of my muscle strength now have hypoglycemia (which has dangerous random sugar levels of 40 ) this has destroyed my body. I have to cancel stuff all the time including Dr appointments due to not being able to get there and my husband (god bless him) has to take care of me all the time. He is an Army soldier and that he isn't able to be home all the time. I tried to keep a job (I love working) n it is impossible with not being reliable n in bed n the bathroom all day everyday. Research n ask people who actually have this how hard it is. We need help. Meds are expensive (most don't work due to vomiting them up) Dr appts expensive, all of it. Prayers for all of us and that god guides the official decision.
2 days ago
Cheryl M. from Fowlerville, MI writes:
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I have had this for years and there is nothing being done to help us with this debilitating illness function NORMALLY! There is NO CURE!! We need help!! Something needs to get done with research and those of us now without a chance at a normal life need you to realize how debilitating it is.