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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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3 hours ago
Cheryl M. from Fowlerville, MI signed.
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Cheryl M. from Fowlerville, MI writes:
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I had a surgical procedure in 1993 that had been a factor in my having Gastroparesis but SSI does not go back that far for your case. It is helpful for the alj, I believe if they did go further back. They would see that the person did go through this trauma and it would help them see the cause of not only the pain a person is in but the cause of depression and anxiety also why its so severe. I had my gallbladder removed, the surgeon completely severed my common bile duct during that surgery. I ended up having to have a 10 hour reconstructive surgery, fear I was going to die. All at the hands of a doctor. I dont trust doctors, I'm honest with them of that. I also do not trust judges and lawyers, I've been honest with my lawyers about that as well. A full history needs to be accounted for. I wish I wouldn't of survived the 93 mishap, then I wouldn't be begging for my Ssdi... Thank you and I hope for someone with some importants will read this and consider my points. Cheryl McGill -Browe
1 day ago
Someone from East Haven, CT writes:
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I have this disease and it's difficult every day it would benefit many of us with this terrible diseasec
2 days ago
Ashley G. from Houma, LA writes:
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Majority of people with gastroparesis live in pain every single day not to mention the absolutely horrible feeling of being nauseated 24/7 and random vomiting episodes every day. Trust me I know. I have GP and I can't remember the last time I woke up and actually felt great or even good or even had a day where I didn't throw up. This disease not only affects you physically but mentally. There is no cure and this is something I will struggle with for the rest of my life.
3 days ago
Someone from Big Piney, WY writes:
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I have Gastroparesis and can no longer work or travel very far due to this condition. I stay at home for the most part due to the pain and complications I have to deal with on a daily basis. Please take the time to consider how debilitating this disease is, and recognize that we are suffering.
March 21, 2017
Tina M. from Marksville, LA writes:
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Having a daughter suffer with this illness, i know first hand how debilitating this can be. Please consider this illness as a serious illness
March 21, 2017
Jamey W. from Marksville, LA signed.
March 21, 2017
Chasity B. from Calera, AL signed.
March 21, 2017
Tiffany H. from Grand Ledge, MI signed.
March 21, 2017
Christin L. from Opelousas, LA writes:
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Please consider this!!! I know a few people who suffer with this illness!!! :(