This week is no exception. Well, maybe it is in a way. It's been a hectic couple of weeks with wrapping up 2011 and starting into 2012, and several things have kept everyone who lives with Migraine and other headache disorders in both my thoughts and my actions.
This morning, I received an email that brought tears to my eyes and a spectrum of emotions along with the tears. WEGOHealth is running a Health Activist Awards campaign, and nominations for 2011 awards closed the end of December. The email I received this morning notified me that I've been nominated as a "Health Activist Hero" It included a copy of what the person wrote when they nominated me. Wow. They didn't give me the name of the person who nominated me. I could make a few guesses, but I really don't know who it was. Every day, I count myself fortunate to do the work I do because I'm able to help people with Migraines and headaches, people I can relate to because of how Migraines have made a mess of my life at times. This email left me both humbled and elated. It confirmed for me that we can make a difference, one person at a time. Wow. To whomever nominated me, thank you.
On Facebook, Nancy Bonk, Ellen Schankenberg, and I created a new group, Migraine Info & Support for the Proactive Migraineur. We made it a "closed" group so people have to ask to join. That lets us keep the spammers out or kick them out if they fool us into letting them in. It also lets us make it a safe place for Migraineurs to come for support in a place where they can talk with people who understand and will support them, then help them find proactive solutions to their problems. It's doing really well.
The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) continues to ask everyone to sign our online petition urging Congress to hold the first ever hearings about Migraines and other headache disorders. We need 20,000 signatures before March 27, when AHDA advocates will personally present the petition to our Senators and members of the House during Headache on the Hill.
Here's why we're working on this petition - One of our biggest problems is lack of good treatments, and a big part of that problem is lack of adequate research funding. That, in turn, is largely a result of Congress and the public not understanding the impact of Migraine and other headache disorders. The shorter term results would be better Congressional and public understanding of all of the disorders and their impact. The longer results would be that understanding leading to more research funding, better treatments, more well-trained health care professionals, improved health for Migraine and headache patients, and a decrease in the stigma surrounding the disorders.
If you haven't signed the petition yet, please sign it? It honestly will take you less than one minute, and you'll be helping millions of people. Sign the Petition.
Now, just for fun, I want to share something with you. Someone sent me a YouTube link on Twitter this morning. I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd pass it along. Enjoy!
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© Teri Robert, 2012
Last updated January 8, 2012.