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Everyone Can Help Create Migraine Awareness

PurpleRibbon100We all want to make life easier and better for everyone with Migraines - for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

One of the best ways to work toward that goal is to raise awareness because increased awareness can lead to results that would accomplish exactly what we want - making life easier and better for everyone with Migraine.

How would increased awareness accomplish that? Increased awareness could result in:

  • more research funding, which could result in better treatments; 
  • our family, friends, and coworkers understanding why we miss work, need them not not wear that perfume around us, want to go out with them but can't, and more;
  • more understanding and better accommodations at work;
  • reduced stigma;
  • much more.

The thing about raising awareness is that it's kind of like saving change in a jar - a bit here and there can really add up, and one person can accomplish more than they might think.

Here are some ways each of us as individuals can help create awareness, no matter how much or how little time we have to devote to it:

  • Get in the habit of saying "Migraine attack" rather than "Migraine headache." This helps make the point that Migraines are not "just bad headaches." When you have the opportunity, explain that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, and that the headache is only one symptoms of a Migraine attack and that a Migraine can, in fact, occur with no headache at all.
  • Adopt Purple. They're just starting to become available, but as they become more available, find a purple pin, bracelet, or other awareness items to demonstrate Migraine and headache disorder awareness. When people ask you about them, you can explain as much as you like, or you can send them to www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.
  • Add a Purple Ribbon to Your Facebook Pic. Use PicBadges to do this. It's simple and free!
  • Share on Facebook. When you see good information about Migraines or headaches or awareness efforts, share it on your Facebook page. It's amazing how many people those links get around to!
  • Tweet, Tweet, and ReTweet! See something interesting? Tweet it! See an interesting Tweet? ReTweet it!
  • Visit the site if the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and register for their email list. The AHDA will notify you by email when they have action alerts, usually times then an email to our Senators or members of the House are needed for advocacy efforts. These can generally be done in five minutes or less. Sharing them with people you know is another great way to raise awareness.
  • Choose a few good, accurate Migraine web sites. Type a list of the site, print copies, and keep it with you. When the subject of Migraines comes up, you'll be prepared to share accurate information with others.

These are just some of the many things we can do to help build awareness. Do you have other suggestions? If so, please leave a comment and share them with us!

Live well,

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Last updated May 13, 2012.


Migraine Pearls or Onions? 5/7/12

PearlsOrOnions125Do you get much of your Migraine information online? You'll definitely find it in abundance! The question is whether it will be accurate and unbiased.

Online information can be bright, polished, and valuable - like a pearl - or it can be well... rough and stinky - like an onion.

This feature, "Migraine Pearls or Onions?" highlights both the gleaming pearls I come across and the malodorous "Migraine Onions."

Pearl100Today's Pearl goes to Kerrie Smyres for her blog, The Daily Headache. Despite having chronic Migraine, Kerrie has been writing The Daily Headache since 2005 and has covered a wide range of topics from fluorescent light bulbs to surgery for Migraines... from good books to bad days. Every Migraineur can identify with Kerrie, and she writes in a style that makes her blog easy to read and follow. What really clinched the Pearl for her is that Kerrie's posts are always well researched and accurate. Thank you, Kerrie!

Onion100On the opposite end of the spectrum from Kerrie's well researched and accurate posts, we find Migraine articles on NewsOlio.com, specifically, Migraine food remedies - Better quality of life for migraine sufferers through foods, and Are migraines common in kids, and how to treat them? Neither of these articles is terribly accurate. The second one is full of outdated terminology AND theories. NewsOlio is an odd site. Neither sources nor authors are listed for any of the content, but there is a medical disclaimer. So, they're not going to tell us who wrote it, or where they got their information, but they're going to be darned sure to cover their hind ends with a disclaimer anyway. The fact that you can't tell who write the articles or what sources they use is enough to tell you that it's not dependable content in the first place. So, the rough, stinky onion goes to NewsOlio, and particularly those two articles.

Yes, there's a great deal of Migraine information online, but be picky about the sites you choose. Articles that are informational in nature as opposed to opinion or commentary should list sources for their information. You should be able to find who wrote the content and when. If not, move on.

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Last updated May 7, 2012.


Submit YOUR Migraine and Headache Poetry Through May 13

PoetryContest2012-Simple200Since 2001, the Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest has been a way for people impacted by Migraine and other headache disorders to express themselves through poetry to:

  • creatively educate the public,
  • raise awareness,
  • combat stigma,
  • share their feelings with other like-minded people,
  • and more.

In previous years, we've held the contest a bit earlier in the year, and announced the winners in April, in observance of National Poetry Month. This year, we'll be announcing the winners the first of June, in observance of National Migraine Awareness Month.

To accommodate some Migraineurs who have emailed, saying that their Migraines have prevented their meeting our original contest deadline, we've extended the deadline to midnight on Monday, May 13, 2012.

All poetry must be on the subject of Migraines or headaches.

  • All poetry entered will be published on www.HelpForHeadaches.com.
  • Some of the top poems will be published in the National Headache Foundation's magazine, HeadWise.
  • The winning poem will be published in Pain Medicine News.
  • The National Headache Foundation will give the winning poet a gift of $250 U.S. dollars.
  • The contest is judged by The Migraine Research Foundation, Dr. Seymour Diamond, and Teri Robert.

Ready?

Proceed to the complete contest rules and link to the entry form.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny
 

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Last updated May 4, 2012.