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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


Celebrating Fred Sheftell - Friend, Migraine Specialist, Great Man

Kruz-me-sheft The Migraine and headache world experienced a great loss this week when Dr. Fred Sheftell died following a long and brave fight with cancer. In the photo to the right, that's Dr. Sheftell on the right with Dr. John Claude Krusz and me.

Dr. Sheftell filled many roles during his life...

  • husband to Karen
  • father to Lauren and Jason
  • Migraine and headache specialist
  • author - 11 books and over 200 peer-reviewed articles
  • researcher
  • co-founder of the New England Center for Headache
  • past president of the American Headache Society
  • founder of the World Headache Alliance
  • a member of the Migraine Research Foundation's Medical Advisory board
  • chairman of ACHE the American Headache Society's Committee for Headache Education

Fred was also my friend and mentor. When I told him that I had a contract with HarperCollins to write Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches, he offered to write the forward, and from then on, it was "our book." He welcomed me to American Headache Society meetings, was always willing to answer any questions I had, and always challenged me to figure things out and keep learning. The other day, I described him as, "Widsom, knowledge, generosity, and kindness -- all wrapped up in a package with arms that were quick with a hug."

Today, the Migraine Research Foundation send out a notice saying, "It is with profound sadness that MRF mourns the death of Dr. Fred Sheftell. A member of our Medical Advisory Board since 2007, Dr. Sheftell was a visionary leader, a Migraine activist, a wise advisor, and a champion of MRF. He will be sorely missed."

Fred was also a great musician. He combined his talent for music with his passion for treating Migraine and other headache disorders to do a CD called Migraine Blues that was originally for continuing medical education. Later, videos of the songs were released on YouTube and the songs were released on iTunes. Here's the video of the title song, Migraine Blues:

I'm going to miss Fred a great deal. He was truly one of the "good guys." I hope you'll watch the video above and join me in celebrating his life. If you knew him and want to do something in his memory, his family has asked that donations be made to the American Migraine Foundation.

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Last updated April 14, 2011


Migraines and Frustration - April Blog Carnival

BlogCarnival125 Welcome to the April
Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival!

The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both Migraine and headache patients and people who blog about Migraines and headaches with opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

The theme of the March carnival is "What frustrates you most about living with a headache disorder or Migraines?"
 

Check out this month's great collection of blogs in Migraines & Frustration: April Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival .

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Last updated April 13, 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