Thursday, August 19, 2010

G-PACT Webinars- Register today!

G-PACT is pleased to present six free, interactive webinars during DTP Awareness week focusing on various topics of interest. Registration information is included below.

Understanding Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
Date: Monday, August 23, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Mike Smith, Vice President, Esq. of G-PACT, CIP Patient
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Getting to know about feeding tubes
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Presenter: Rick Davis, President of the Board of Trustees, Oley Foundation, HEN Patient
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Enterra© Therapy- What can gastric electrical stimulation do for you?
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Carol Pasinkoff, G-PACT PAL Volunteer and Shipping Manager, Enterra Therapy Patient
Cindy Tessmer, Enterra Therapy Patient
Please submit questions in advance to:
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Eating for Gastroparesis
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Crystal Saltrelli, CHC, DTP Patient
Angie Moeding, RD, DTP Patient
Please submit diet related questions in advance to:
Space is limited.
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All about Gastroparesis
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Aliza Chana Zaleon, Support Programs Manager of G-PACT, DTP Patient
Lauren Ocasio, DTP Patient
Please submit questions in advance to:
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Another webinar on HPN (IV Nutrition) will be added this week.

Don't forget to submit profile pics and awareness videos! The "Movieng Forward im-PACT" video competition deadline has been changed to Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM EDT to allow more time for entries!

Questions and contest entries? Send to!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DTP Awareness Week on Facebook!

G-PACT is sponsoring a DTP (Digestive Tract Paralysis) Week August 22-29, 2010 in celebration of our nine year anniversary on August 23. We are providing a number of contests, webinars, and other creative, fun activities all week to help increase awareness of gastroparesis and intestinal pseudo-obstruction. If you are on facebook, please join our page at to get involved and find out what we are doing to spread the word!

The "Movieng" im-PACT Contest

Have a cool story to share about life with DTP? Just want to tell others what it's like? Want to help us increase awareness in a fun way? G-PACT would love to have videos of patients describing their experiences with DTP for our YouTube Channel and website. Be serious, honest, funny, and creative! Share a funny story, show what it's like to live on TPN or a feeding tube, create a jig or song, or talk about how it impacts your life. Just be creative and think...AWARENESS!

To Enter:

Create a video, no longer than 5 minutes in length, describing your life with gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, or both. Feel free to be honest, funny, or serious. Focus on one particular area (life on a feeding tube or TPN, how it impacts your social life, how it impacts your family, if you are a caregiver- how it has changed your life), or just show/describe what it's like to live with it in general. Just say what you feel like you want to say to increase awareness!

Feel free to express yourself in the manner you enjoy the most or feel the most comfortable! You can just talk about the impact it has had on you, or branch out and sing a song, write a poem, dress in funky lime green and yellow gear, and get friends to dance with you. Just have fun doing it! Think about how your video can reach out to all kinds of people. We would love to have a variety of video types by a number of patients!

Once completed, upload your video to YouTube and send the link to by Friday, August 20.

During DTP Awareness Week, we will post all videos on our own YouTube Channel for fans to vote on and choose their favorites! The top videos will be used on our website in the future and on our YouTube channel!

Faces of DTP Contest:

Decorate the world of Facebook in lime green and yellow! Help increase awareness by creating profile pictures to spread across the Facebook community!

To Enter:

Design a very creative, humorous, or unique profile pic to use during DTP Awareness Week! Think about how you can capture life with DTP in a picture, ways to grab people's attention to learn more about DTP, or just stand out among the many images that they see every day! Be sure to include some text on your picture that uses the terms gastroparesis, pseudo-obstruction, or G-PACT in order to point people in the right direction to learn more.

Submit your completed profile pic to by Sunday, August 22. Display your image on your profile throughout the week. Images will be reviewed by a few judges and the best one will receive either a free "Gastroparesis Gourmet" cookbook or $15 off an item in one of G-PACT's stores (decision by winner). Winner will be announced at the end of the week!

Things to consider for both competitions include:
Professional videos will not be accepted. This is a fun, patient, friends and family activity!

Videos and photos should be clean and not include foul language, vile nudity (showing g-tubes, j-tubes, stimulators, scars, etc. is acceptable). Discriminatory comments or other potentially offensive content is unacceptable. G-PACT will view all videos in advance and if they do not fit within our guidelines of integrity, our core mission, and certain legalities we reserve the right to exclude them from the competition.

Please do not endorse a product or treatment option. Videos should be based on personal experience and not be perceived to be factual or providing medical advice.

Official G-PACT volunteers (defined as those who have been through the full application process) are encouraged to create videos and profile pictures, but are not eligible for the competition. Videos will still appear on our channel that week to increase awareness.

Most importantly, have fun and express yourself passionately, creatively, or humorously through either, or both, mediums!

Questions on either competition? Please contact us at!