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 & ignored. Currently, as the Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders (AGMD) Patient Education & Advocacy Specialist, co-author of the book, "Real Life Diaries: Living with Gastroparesis," & creator & administrator of several online support & advocacy groups, including "Gastroparesis: Fighting for Change," I spend my days advancing the cause of those who struggle with the life-altering effects of gastroparesis. It is my fondest desire to empower others to advocate for awareness, better treatments, and, ultimately, a cure.

Location

Indianapolis, IN

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Facebook

Melissa is a phenomenal gastroparesis and chronic illness patient advocate. Every day she purposefully provides accurate information and awareness across a multitude of social media sites. She's dedicated to providing emotional support to patients, as well as discovering & sharing new research articles/info, and corresponding with medical world.  — Trisha

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

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