A Holiday Gift for My Migraine and Headache Family

GoldPackageWith all my holiday shopping for family completed, my thoughts turned to a gift for my extended Migraine and headache family.

With so many of you scattered across the United States and in other countries, sending each of you a personal gift just isn't possible, but I wanted to do something beyond words to show you that I'm thinking of you during this holiday season.

Finally, I decided to do what I did last year, make a donation to a nonprofit organization, a donation that would do something for all of us. Well, that's easier said than done because there are several organizations working hard to improve conditions for all of us living with Migraine disease and other headache disorders.

With the decision made that a donation was the way to go, the next decision was... Which organization. That one was just too tough for me. So, I made donations to (in alphabetical order):

 

AHDALogo200The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA)


AMF200The American Migraine Foundation


ClusterBusters200Clusterbusters


MFRLogo200pxThe Migraine Research Foundation


NHF200The National Headache Foundation


OUCH200The Organization for Understanding Cluster Headaches (OUCH)

If you still have holiday gifts to select, please consider making a donation in someone's name as a gift to them. I can tell you it's a gift I'd appreciate, and I have no doubt that many people with Migraine and other headache disorders would appreciate this type of gift too.

My most profound holiday wish for each and every one of you is that the new year bring you better treatments, more understanding from those around you, good health, and improved quality of life. I can wish that all I want, but as Carl Sandburg said, "Wishes won't wash dishes." So, I've made these donations as my holiday gift to you, hoping that their work helps that wish come true.

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Last updated December 19, 2011


Holiday Gifts for People with Migraines

Are you looking for gifts for people with Migraines? In my Café Press Migraine Awareness Gift Shop, you can find some gifts that are perfect for Migraineurs. The mark-up on these items is low, and all proceeds from the shop are donated to Migraine research.

Here are a few of the items you can find there:

MigraineBossTea150 "Migraine is not the boss of" me tea tumbler:

The Thermos tea tumbler is a cool way to keep your tea hot. The built-in infuser lets you brew-on-the-go, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your tea. This is a must have for all tea lovers. This durable thermos has vacuum insulation, which keeps your tea hot but your hands cool. Drop some ice cubes in for an instant iced tea and a condensation-free experience.

 

MigraineBoss-iPadSleeve150

"Migraines are not the boss of me!" iPad sleeve:

This stylish iPad and iPad 2 case has double-backed neoprene on the outside and inside. It lets you express your individuality while also protecting your device. The personalized iPad sleeve cover is one seriously cool iPad 2 sleeve for show what you love.

 

 

TakeChargeHoodedSweatshirt200

"Take Charge" hooded sweatshirt:

Says, "The person with the most at stake gets to be in charge. Take charge of your health care!"

Stay warm with our Hanes Ultimate Cotton Pullover Hood. Constructed with a heavyweight 90/10 cotton/polyester blend. Thick (but not bulky), comfortable, durable and guaranteed

  • 10.1 oz. patented PrintPro® fabric in a 90/10 cotton/polyester blend
  • Standard fit
  • Spandex trim in cuffs and waistband

 

  MigraineDiseaseCapSleeveTee200

"Migraine: a DISEASE..." cap sleeve t-shirt:

Body-hugging close contoured fit. Size up for a looser fit.
Fabric Thickness:
Get into sporty, stylin' casual comfort with our Women's Cap Sleeve Raglan. Looks great on the go or just hangin' out. Made of 100% combed ring-spun cotton that gets even softer with each washing.

  • 6.1 oz 100% combed ring-spun cotton 1x1 rib
  • Shaped fit, side seamed
  • Contrast color cap sleeves and single-needle bound collar

 

FireHisSorryButtMousepad175

"Fire his sorry butt!" mousepad:

A mousepad with an attitude!

Keep your mouse rolling in style on our durable cloth top mousepad. A great gift for geeks, gamers, or anyone with a computer. Rubber backing prevents the mousepad from sliding. Machine washable.

 

KnowledgeIsPower175

"Knowledge Is Power" keepsake box:

Perfect for stylishly storing jewelry and mementos, this hardwood box showcases a ceramic tile. Spring-loaded hinged lid stays open without tipping the box over and snaps closed securely.

  • Made of solid hardwood with high-gloss lacquer finish
  • Interior is fully lined in velvet; bottom is covered with felt
  • Measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 2.25" with a 4.25" x 4.25" ceramic tile

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Last updated December 15, 2011


2011 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest Winners

WinnersAre2011 Migraine and other headache disorders can have devastating effects on our lives. They can leave us feeling isolated, frustrated, angry, and hopeless. Writing can be therapeutic, and it can be a great way to show others what these disorders can do to our lives; a great way to bust some of the myths associated with them.

For those reasons, the Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest is held each year. As always, we received many good entries this year. As always, it was very difficult to choose the "winners." The truth is that everyone who was strong and brave enough to submit a poem is a winner, but this is a contest, so our judges did their best to choose them.

So, without further ado, the winners are...

1st Place
A Parent's Lament by Sandra Jaspen Hughes

2nd Place
Fire and Ice by Laura Merleau

3rd Place
Wednesday by Juliette Guarino

4th Place
Volcanic Collapse by Patricia Frolander

5th Place
Someday by Dave W.

6th Place
Forced Entry by Laura K. Patterson

Honorable Mention:
Alice by Kala Guidry
The Battle by Diana Van de Kamp
A Billion Particles of Light in the Migraine Brain by Laurel Marie Sobol
Brain Freeze by Zaina Sukkarieh
Careful by Darlene Blair
Crippling by Navarro
The Dance and Cry by Christopher Aaron Chapman
Headache by Kathryn Burkett
Headache by Jacob Oet
How a Snake Made My Headache by Stella Lalicata
How Nice to Have a Friend by Carol H. Jewell
I am pain by by Zev J. Meyers
Invisible by Cindy Smalletz
kNōw by Kimberley Formosa
Migraine by Jackie Feffer
My Headache by Joy Lalicata
My Last Migraine by Cindy Smalletz
The Obligation by Kathy B. Swann
The People Who Don't Care by Brenna Gray
A So-Called Life by Janice
There Is Nothing I Can Do by Brenna Gray
Thief in the Night by Darlene Blair
Uninvited Guest by Joanna Barker
Untitled by Janice

All of the poems that were entered and met the rules of the contest have been published on Help for Headaches and Migraine. For a listing of all of the poems and links to them, plese see our Winners Page.

Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all our contest winners! Our 2012 contest will open for entries in February of 2012.

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Last updated April 19, 2011


New Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group in Western NY

NHF_newlogo125 If you live in western New York state, you'll want to check out this new support group for people with Migraine and other headache disorders. Patient educator and advocate Nancy Harris Bonk and the National Headache Foundation have joined forces to for this group, which will meet for the first time on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. The location for the meeting is All Care for Women at 6095 Transit Road; East Amherst, New York.

Ms. Bonk comments:

"Although there is plenty of wonderful online support, another valuable tool is a community support group. These support groups are cathartic in that they allow people to share similar experiences and coping skills in a compassionate setting, supply group members with up to date information and education on Migraine disease and headache disorders in addition to hearing from guest speakers."

For more information, see the Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group web site.

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Last updated April 13, 2011


Biking for Migraine Research

How would you like to ride your bike and help with Migraine research at the same time? Well! I'm here to tell you that you can do just that!

The Migraine Research Foundation is an official Charity Partner of BikeNY in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour on May 1, 2011. This is the largest recreational cycling event in America, and one of the hottest tickets in the Tri-State area. MRF invites you to raise awareness and critically needed funds for migraine research by riding in this incredibly empowering and inspiring event...

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If you're interested, you can find more information on the Migraine Research Foundation web site.

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Last updated March 31, 2011


Cindy McCain Speaks Out About Migraine

McCain128 Some of you may remember that I had the opportunity to interview Cindy McCain about her Migraines back in September of 2009. (See Interview with Cindy McCain: Migraine Sufferer, Advocate.)

Mrs. McCain was delightful, but her story was like that of too many Migraineurs - a story of being dismissed by doctors, of having to finally say "No," to her doctor and insist that someone listen to her. At the time of our interview, she was also determined to work toward getting Migraine better recognized so that all of us would have a chance at better treatment.

Things happen in life, and Mrs. McCain has been out of the MIgraine spotlight for a bit. But, she still thinks Migraineurs are "misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and basically are suffering in great numbers across this country with very little help."

I really don't want to give away what she has to say, so please take a few minutes to listen to what she had to say when she talked with Dr. David Dodick of the American Headache Society and the American Migraine Foundation in this new podcast. After you listen to this podcast, please share it with all of your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and every way you can think of.

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Migraine Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

POHTPoetry2011-200b The deadline for submitting poetry to the 2011 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest has been extended to midnight, March 31, 2011.

Entries are welcome from any country, but all entries must be in English. Entrants are asked to limit their entries to three poems. Poetry may be in any form -- rhymed, free-verse, ect. -- but must be poetry, not prose. Limit of 60 lines, 80 characters per line, including punctuation and spaces. Poetry must be on subjects related to Migraines or other headache disorders.

The poetry will be judged by patient educators and advocates Teri Robert and Nancy Harris Bonk and staff members of the National Headache Foundation. For complete rules and the online submission form, go to the Help for Headaches and Migraine Poetry Submission Page.

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Migraine and Headache Education: St Louis, March 26

NHF_newlogo125 The National Headache Foundation is sponsoring an educational program for people with Migraine and other headache disorders on Saturday, March 26, in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at eh Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel at 400 South 14th Street.

"Bridging the Gap Between Patient & Clinician" is one in a series of eight regional conferences on headache and Migraine awareness offered by the National Headache Foundation planned for 2011. Each conference includes a session for health care professionals and a session for people who have Migraine or other headache disorders (family members ore welcome).

Here's more information on the March 26 event in St. Louis:

The schedule:

  • 12:30 - 1:00: Registration
  • 12:30 - 1:30: Exhibits / Snack Bar
  • 1:30 - 4:30: Educational Program
  • 4:45 - 5:45: Beverages and Appetizers at Closing Ceremony

Nationally recognized experts:

  • Dr. Jim Banks of the Ryan Headache Center
  • Dr. Rob Nicholson of the St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Todd Schwedt of the Washington University Headache Center
  • Dr. Roger Cady of the Headache Care Center

More details:

  • Registration is $20 for you and a guest (First 200 registrants will attend free, compliments of the NHF)
  • Share your headache and Migraine trials and successes with others who understand.
  • Take charge of your headaches and Migraines
  • Build effective communication with your health care provider.
  • Empower yourself to be the expert on your headache and Migraine treatment.
  • Get your questions answered.

Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Registration includes a free one-year membership to the NHF.

To register, call 800-843-2256.

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Last updated March 4, 2011