Loving and laughing are necessary to feeling our best and should most definitely be a part of the treatment plan! You might ask though, how can I make a difference? Well, here are a few simple things you can start with:
1. As a result of past persistance from the community, the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act has been reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. This means that there is another chance at not only raising awareness for disorders such as gastroparesis, but also gaining initiative for increased research, treatment options and programs to support us. In order to make this happen it is crucial to have as many individuals possible contact local Representative and asking them to support H.R.842. Please click here for detailed information. At the bottom of the page is a place for you to enter your zip code and get started. Share this link with your friends and family in person, by email, Facebook, etc. and let's get this passed!
2. Brainstorming has begun for the 2nd Annual Awareness Walk for GP. Last year we worked with the Digestive Health Alliance, a total of around $13,000 raised specifically going towards research for gastroparesis. Interested in being involved? Here's is what you can do:
- Though months away, it is a good idea to get started early with plenty of time for ideas and planning. The DHA were a fantastic group of people to work with last year and most likely will go with them again. However, I am open to options and exploring what organization would be best to raise money for. If you have some thoughts on this and/or would like to possibly host your own walk with us, contact me through email (see below).
- How about sporting the awareness t-shirts we created last year?! If you don't have one already, I still have some in stock and would like to offer you the chance to have one. Last month I had numerous comments and emails with those really wanting to try the new Macrobars and I was so sad I could not send samples to everyone! So, I thought of a way to incorporate a great snack/meal and raising awareness! For $10 total I can package and send 1 t-shirt (size xs-xl), 1 Protein Purity and 1 Protein Pleasure (previously Chocolate Protein and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip). This price covers both bars, which I order in bulk, as well as shipping. If you would just like the t-shirt I can also send that for just the $5 shipping. Here is what someone recently said about wearing her shirt: "I have had quite a few comments on it, a good way to spread the word on what Gastroparesis is and start a dialogue!"
If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you would like more than 1 t-shirt or additional bars let me know and we can work something out!