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May is always a busy time in the world of digestive disorders. We are looking forward to catching up on the latest news and events in the field, and also planning ahead for opportunities to educate policy makers and others on functional GI and motility disorders. Your support, whether you've made a donation, shared your story, or provided educational information to someone in need of help, is very much appreciated. We are dedicated to continuing to work hard to share evidence-based materials and advocate for the digestive health community. 

Two important dates: 5/11/2015 & 7/21/2015 

The date for Advocacy Day 2015 has been set! We invite you to join us on July 21 for this virtual event to educate members of Congress and their staff about chronic digestive conditions and the effects they have on the lives of so many. This year we will make our voices heard using call-ins, emails, and social media. Stay tuned for more details on this annual event. 

Also, in two weeks the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be holding its Patient Perspective Initiative. This meeting gives individuals the opportunity to share their views on current therapies and life with certain functional GI and motility disorders. Click the button below for more information about the May 11 event.

Preparing for Digestive Disease Week
Next month the IFFGD staff will be attending Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the world's largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the GI field. Each year, we attend the meetings to share educational resources with attendees and to hear the latest on what is happening in this field. In case you missed the news from last year's event, here's a little refresher before we report on what we learn this year.   

What is the difference between GER, GERD, and infant regurgitation? 

These three conditions may sound similar, but they are not the same. Get the facts about what makes gastroesophageal reflux (GER), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and infant regurgitation different and prepare before talking to your child's physician.

Share your story with others in the digestive health community 
Sharing your experiences with the FDA or Congressional offices is important to finding additional support for research of functional GI and motility disorders, but these stories can also inspire others who may be challenged by the symptoms of one of these debilitating conditions. Lend your support to others like you by telling your story and reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles.

IFFGD, a nonprofit organization, and its grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.


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