This past week, I came across a post on MigrainePuppet, a blog written by a fellow Migraine sufferer. The title of the entry was "Pass It On," and I found it to be passionate, heart-warming, and inspiring. It made me say to myself, "This is why I love my work. This is why I do what I do."
Puppet has been working very hard to educate herself about her Migraines, her triggers, and other aspects of her health so she can work more closely with her doctor as a treatment partner. With knowledge behind her, she has become comfortable with asking her doctor questions and even sometimes disagreeing with her doctor.
At her latest appointment, she and her doctor even discussed her doctor's Migraine and triggers. Puppet may well have given her doctor some tips that will help HER.
I've been reading Puppeg's blog since she started it, and as someone looking in from the outside, I think I may see better than she does how much progress she has made. It's makes me happy for her and very proud of her. It also makes me grateful to have been able to help her learn.
From my own battle with Migraines, I know how strongly the disease can impact our lives; how it can reduce our quality of life. Ten years ago, I started treatment with Dr. William B. Young at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He helped me get my life back, and that's one reason I do what I do. I want to pass on as much information and support as I can because so much has been given to me. I want to "Pay it forward."
Are you a Migraineur who has learned about Migraines and gotten support when you needed it? You don't have to blog about it to pass it on. You don't have to work in the filed as I do. When you come across someone having problems with Migraines, share the information you've gained. Help them find the support they need. Certainly, if you have a blog, you can post there to help others, but helping just one person that you come across goes a long way. I've found that Facebook is another place where I can "pay it forward." It's a great place to post links to helpful information and support resources.
I hope you'll take a few minutes to read Puppeti's blog entry, Pass It On. It made my day brighter, and I hope it will do the same for yours.
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© Teri Robert, 2010
Last updated December 11, 2010