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!
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© Teri Robert, 2012
Last updated May 13, 2012.