Gastroparesis and other DTP illnesses effect about 30 million Americans.These conditions are serious and can be life-threatening, yet they receive little attention and minimal funding due to lack of awareness. Due to limited research, there are few FDA approved treatments,meaning that insurance will not pay for them.These people often suffer from the debilitating effects of chronic nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, malnutrition, dehydration, chronic constipation, IBS symptoms and weight loss. Many cannot eat a bite of food or take a sip of fluid without getting sick. Often they are disabled and unable to continue with work or education. Better treatment plans could make it possible to work or attend school. An Awareness month could help stop anyone else from dying ensure proper treatment."