|Rep. McDermed in Springfield with Ashley Crossett and her family|
On Tuesday State Representative McDermed passed House Resolution 40, designating October 2017 as "Dysautonomia Awareness Month" in the State of Illinois.
Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe several different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
The ANS is responsible for controlling the "automatic" functions of the human body, including, but not limited to, heart rate, blood pressure, and kidney function. Various types of Dysautonomia result in the inability of the body to regulate these systems which may lead to lightheadedness, fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, malnutrition, and even in some cases death.
The resolution was inspired by Ashley Crossett, a constituent in Frankfort, who suffers from Dysautonomia and is committed to raising awareness in Illinois. Over 70 million people worldwide have some type of Dysautonomia. There is no known cure for Dysautonomia.