Jacobs proclaims ‘Dysautonomia Awareness Month’ in Cullman

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L-R: Kyle Guess, Athan Landman, Sean Landman, Cassidy Landman, Mayor Woody Jacobs, Kasen Johnson, Cory Johnson, Karlee Johnson and Heather Johnson

CULLMAN – Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs on Tuesday officially proclaimed the month of October “Dysautonomia Awareness Month” in the city of Cullman. On hand to receive the proclamation were Kyle Guess, Sean, Cassidy, Athan Landman and Cory, Heather, Karlee and Kasen Johnson.

Dysautonomia is a group of medical conditions that result in a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for “automatic” bodily functions such as respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, temperature control, and so forth. Over 70 million people worldwide are affected by dysautonomia manifested in conditions such as Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy, Neurocardiogenic (Vasovagal) Syncope, Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF), and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

Dysautonomia can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic background. It can be very disabling and can result in social isolation, stress on the families of those impacted, and financial hardship. Some forms of dysautonomia can even result in death. Increased awareness can help patients get diagnosed and treated earlier and foster support for individuals and families coping with dysautonomia.

Dysautonomia International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, advocates on behalf of patients living with dysautonomia, recognizes the contributions of medical professionals and family members who are working to educate others about dysautonomia, and encourages communities around the world to celebrate Dysautonomia Awareness Month each October.

For more information on dysautonomia or on Dysautonomia Awareness Month, visit www.dysautonomiainternational.org or email info@DysautonomiaInternational.org.