Taken From IBS Impact Blog:
According to THOMAS, the Library of Congress legislative database, and IFFGD/the Digestive Health Alliance, as of early May 2013, Representative Susan Davis (D-CA-53) has signed on as a co-sponsor to the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013.
Representative Davis is serving her seventh term as a member of the House of Representatives. Her district, the 53rd Congressional District of California, currently represents the central and eastern San Diego region, as far south as parts of Chula Vista and as far east as El Cajon. According to Representative Davis’ official website, she is ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and has a past history of supporting much legislation on behalf of veterans. As previously discussed on this blog on August 12, 2011 and August 25, 2011, military service members and veterans are at disproportionately high risk for functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, which are already very common in the general population. She also has supported health care legislation, including medical research budgets for the National Institutes of Health, as well as women’s issues. In most countries, women comprise approximately two-thirds of adults with IBS. Representative Davis was also a co-sponsor of the previous version of this bill, HR 2239, in 2011-2012.
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IBS is a peculiar disorder, few truly understand it and if you asked a variety of people it is likely that anyone who did not know someone with IBS would understand how debilitating it can be. Behind the scene though are some real heroes of ours, who fight to keep IBS discussed and who lobby to make sure that things actually happen, a mighty challenge in this day and age.
We have a tremendous amount of respect for IBS Impact for those reasons. They fight incredibly hard to keep IBS discussed and to inform IBS sufferers what is happing in legislative terms. It is this type of intelligent behind the scenes work that so often goes unappreciated, however we hope they know that the work they do is deeply appreciated.
There are many others who we will thank further down the line, on our IBS related disorders page you will find links to the many wonderful organisations who do wonderful work for IBS sufferers, we would simply like to thank them all at this stage for their hard work.