Matt Harvey Owes People with Migraine an Apology

DiseaseNotExcuseIn case you haven't seen this news, New York Mets player Matt Harvey called in sick from Saturday's game, saying he couldn't play because he had a Migraine.

The events leading up to his calling in sick aren't totally clear, but what is clear is that he was out past curfew Friday night, drinking champagne, vodka, and tequila. Saturday morning, he was out playing golf. For missing Saturday's game, Harvey was suspended for three games, which cost him $84,016.

One report quotes a friend of Harvey's as saying that he did have a Migraine Saturday afternoon, but Harvey didn't mention having one when he publicly apologized for his behavior yesterday. Harvey apologized repeatedly and profusely to his team mates and to Mets fans.

Did Harvey have a Migraine Saturday? I don't know, but if he did, I have to wonder if it was triggered by the partying Friday night, a lack of sleep, and/or the golfing Saturday morning. What I do know is that Mets rules include a curfew the night before a game, and he definitely broke that. I also know that a responsible person with Migraine disease would have been at home getting plenty of rest Friday night and taking care of himself in order to avoid a Migraine and be prepared for the game.

While Harvey apologized to his team mates and Mets fans yesterday, he left out another group of people to whom he should have apologized — people living with Migraine. We live with more than enough social stigma and more than enough doubt when one of us needs to miss work because of a Migraine. Harvey's very public behavior reflects badly on all of us. It's a very public example of someone who used Migraine as an excuse.

Mr. Harvey, Migraine is a disease, NOT an excuse. You owe us a very big, very public apology.

To all of you reading this who have Twitter accounts, please tweet this post, use the hashtag #Migraine, and tag Mr. Harvey. His Twitter ID is @MattHarvey33.

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Serene Branson on Migraines - A Year Later

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This year's Grammy Awards marked a year since Serene Branson experienced a frightening Migraine on-air while reporting from the Grammy Awards.

At the time, she never would have thought she'd be teaching others about Migraine and helping raise awareness about the disease, but that's what happened.

A couple of days ago, I saw the video of an interview with Serene from the Los Angeles CBS affiliate where she works. She talked about that night and what this year has been like. She said the experience was:

"... a big wake-up call to listen to my body and pay attention to my health."

For more from Serene, and to see the video of this interview, continue to Serene Branson on Migraines - A Year Later.

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Migraine Gem of the Day - Holiday Tips from Marcia Cross

MigGem166Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross knows personally how debilitating Migraines can be. When I talked with her a few years ago, it was close to the winter holidays, so trying to avoid holiday Migraines was a major topic of discusssion.

One tip she offered was:

"Make party planning stress-free: Stress can make you more susceptible to your migraine triggers. Planning a dinner party for friends and family? Plan ahead and shop early. Enlist helpers and delegate duties to make last-minute details stress free as possible."

You can read more tips from Marcia and about her Migraines in Navigating Holiday Parties with Migraines - Five Tips from Marcia Cross.

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