Melissa Adams VanHouten

Patient Leader

After being diagnosed with gastroparesis in February of 2014, I became a passionate advocate for those in my community who feel voiceless and ignored. Currently, as the Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders (AGMD) Patient Education and Advocacy Specialist, co-author of the book, "Real Life Diaries: Living with Gastroparesis," and creator and administrator of several online patient support and advocacy groups, including "Gastroparesis: Fighting for Change," I spend my days advancing the cause of those who struggle with the sometimes devastating and life-altering effects of gastroparesis and other chronic illnesses. It is my fondest desire to empower others to advocate for awareness, better treatments, and, ultimately, cures.

Location

Indianapolis, IN

Nominations

Advocating for Another Patient Leader Hero

Melissa's a compassionate, dedicated, & fierce patient hero. She does everything possible to improve QOL for those living with GP. She shares experiences, spreads awareness, offers support, educates & inspires change within patient & healthcare community by attending conferences, participating in advocacy events, hosting a GP rally in DC & more.  — Trisha

She brought us together in DC to advocate for research and, ultimately, a cure for gastroparesis.  — Denise

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Twitter

Finalist

Best in Show: Community or Forum

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Facebook
Melissa Adams VanHouten

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