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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

G-PACT Public Service Announcement featuring Ian

Ian was recently featured in a Gastroparesis pubic service announcement put together by G-PACT, also known as the Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc.

They also have an excellent G-PACT Facebook Page

Ian was featured in the video to show that some sufferers need feeding tubes to help them eat, and also that no one is immune to this condition.  Infants, children, adults, and the elderly can be equally affected.  He appears at 0:39.  Thank you for taking the time to view this video.



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About G-PACT



Mission:

Dedicated to increasing awareness of gastroparesis (GP), chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction (CIP), and colonic inertia (CI) among medical professionals, patients, and general population. We are working towards finding a cure and/or better treatment options for people dealing with DTP. We provide educational resources, multiple support programs, patient advocacy programs, and other aid as needed to help patients cope and to provide hope to everyone afflicted with the condition.
Company Overview:

G-PACT was founded in 2001 by a few members of an international online support group for gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach becomes paralyzed and is unable to digest food. This results in severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, bloating, and early satiety.

Since our founding, we have expanded to also focus on chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, a condition in which the small bowel develops blockages or "obstructions" in the absence of mechanical obstructions. Symptoms are similar to those of GP and the conditions often come together. It is estimated that 5 million Americans, including children, are affected by GP and/or CIP.

More recently, we have added colonic inertia (CI) as an additional condition in which we cover. Colonic inertia is a condition in which the muscles and nerves become unable to move food through the colon and leads to chronic constipation. CI can be the result of chronic and excessive laxative use, or the result of an underlying nerve or muscle condition.

Although many people do well on a modified diet, medication, and alternative therapies, some people end up on nutritional support such as feeding tubes or IV nutrition. Depending on severity and response to treatment, many patients lead fairly normal lives. Unfortunately, many are also unable to work due to the conditions. Treatment is very individualized and impact on life and ability to function varies depending on each person. It is important to see a physician who is knowledgeable in order to maximize the odds of success.

Treatment options available are very limited, but research is growing and a number of new therapies are beginning to emerge. Currently, most treatments focus on symptom control and maintaining nutrition. There are a few medications which aid in the digestion of food. Many patients have surgery for the placement of a gastric electrical stimulator, or Enterra Therapy. The GES is a device to help control vomiting in gastroparesis. In the most severe cases when the small bowel has also failed, the only remaining option may be a small bowel transplant. Fortunately, few patients require that level of intervention but it can be life-saving when nutrition cannot be maintained under any circumstance or the patient is unable to tolerate artificial nutrition.

G-PACT uses the term "Digestive Tract Paralysis" or "DTP" when referring to all three conditions at the same time. While not a medically recognized term, it helps us present these conditions much more easily to our followers.

Over the years, G-PACT has made great strides in increasing awareness and providing multiple resources for patients dealing with GP, CIP, and CI. All of our services are free of charge, and we are growing by leaps and bounds. Most of our volunteers have GP and/or CIP themselves, so they know what it is like to deal with the condition on a personal level. That is what makes our organization so unique and personal. We are able to relate, and that makes us fight so hard for our cause, and fight on behalf of those we serve. We recognize the needs that patients encounter from a first hand perspective, and gear our agenda and goals towards reaching those needs.

Currently G-PACT has approximately 20 different volunteers from across the country, and 10 board members. Although we are a US based and licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we do provided limited services to individuals throughout the world including Wales, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the UK, Canada, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand, among others. Over 30 countries are represented on our fan page!

Description:

"Rays"ing awareness of gastroparesis (GP), chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP),a nd Colonic Inertia (CI) in order to help increase funding into finding a cure or better treatment options.

We increase awareness through online programs, lobbying, exhibiting and speaking at conferences, contacting news media, contacting politicians, working with other related organizations, connecting with DTP physicians and medical companies, and organizing events locally and nationally.

Gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and colonic inertia are three paralytic conditions of the digestive tract. Together they are known as "Digestive Tract Paralysis" or DTP.
General InformationNo one in G-PACT is paid. 100% of all donations go towards our awareness activities and operating expenses.