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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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Someone from Vincentown, NJ signed.
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Someone from Omaha, NE signed.
February 16, 2017
Jennifer R. from Duson, LA writes:
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I'm 28 years old and I was just diagnosed with this disease a few days ago. I really believe I've had this since I was like 9 and doctors just threw pills at me until I begged for tests to be done. Its scary but at least I finally know what's wrong with me! #StarvingForACure
February 12, 2017
Someone from Lancaster, TX signed.
February 10, 2017
Kim J. signed.
February 10, 2017
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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Explain to me why this IS NOT a disability! If a person is physically incapable (not to mention mentally and emotionally), they need the supportive income to survive, to provide for their families, to get medical care.
February 10, 2017
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February 9, 2017
Deborah H. from Yamhill, OR writes:
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Please help people with this illness. Everyone deserves a quality life.
February 8, 2017
Elizabeth P. from Homestead, FL signed.