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2013 Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Poetry2013-250Following a great deal of deliberation (and some gnashing of teeth), our judges from the American Headache and Migraine Association have announced the placing poems in the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest.

I'll not make you wait by talking more about the contest. Here are this year's placing poems:

  • First Place: Dancing on the Dagger's Edge by Nikki Albert
  • Second Place: Acts of Love by Lisa Cox
  • Third Place: Another Night by Pam "Roni"
  • Fourth Place: Dancing with Demons by Tammy Rome
  • Fifth Place: Little Migraine Girl by Migraine Puppet

Receiving Honorable Mention:

  • The Beast by Michael Ambriz
  • Chronic by susan-jillian smith
  • Cluster-phobia by  David Nachenberg
  • Darkness by Fi Blackman
  • Horn of Pain by M. R. Street
  • Pain is Coming by Mark Windham
  • Suicide Headaches by Cindy Reynolds

You can find these poems on our  Placing Poems Page. The rest of the submitted poems that met the contest rules will be posted over the weekend.

Congratulations to all of our poets!

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1
 

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Last updated June 14, 2013.


Migraine and Stigma - Migraine Gems

MigGem166Say the word "Migraine" to a group of people, and you'll get two disparate reactions. From those with Migraine, you'll get cringes of understanding. From those who have never experienced Migraine, you're likely to get eye rolling and people making comments that show them to be totally clueless. This demonstrates, unfortunately, that we live in a society where there is still stigma attached to Migraine.

Predictably, research has shown that the stigma associated with Migraine worsens the burden of living with the disease. To read more about the research and for links to two podcasts with researchers who investigated Migraine and stigma, take a look at Stigma Worsens Burden of Migraine.

While we're on the topic of stigma and Migraine, I have to share with you the best video on the topic that I've ever seen...

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PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1
 


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Last updated June 12, 2013.



Don't Tell Me Migraines Don't Kill!

Migraine_Suicide_RosesOne of the most misunderstood and overlooked issues with Migraines is this...

Migraines can and do kill!

I've seen people say, "Yes, I know Migraines can be painful, but come on, a Migraine never killed anyone. There's even a psychologist I know who tells patients that Migraines don't kill because she doesn't want to upset or panic them.

Today, it's time to state the sad truth that Migraines can and do kill. It's not the Migraine attack itself that can kill, but that doesn't make the deaths any less attributable to Migraine disease and Migraine attacks.

Possibly the least direct impact Migraine has on life and death is that it increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease. Greater than 1400 more US women with Migraine with aura die annually from cardiovascular diseases compared to women who do not have Migraine.*

Migraines can also precipitate Migrainous strokes, which can be fatal. I've know this to happen with more than one Migraineur I knew, including a young woman who had a second Migrainous stroke just days before her 21st birthday, and the second one was fatal.

Possibly the saddest and most needless of all, Migraine can and does put people to the point of suicide. Based on a sample of Americans, suicide attempts are three times more likely in individuals with migraine with aura compared to those with no migraine, whether or not major depression is also present.*

This weekend, a bright young woman took her life because she'd lost hope of improvement in her Chronic Migraines. In my book, Migraines killed this young woman. Not a doubt in my mind.

To my fellow Migraineurs - Please, please, please don't ever give up. Keep partnering with your doctor to explore Migraine preventive / management options. If your doctor is out of ideas, I'll work to help you find one who isn't.

To doctors and other health care professionals - Please tell your patients the truth. Think about it this way - If you tell them that Migraine can't kill and they discover that it can, what can that do to their trust in you and other health care professionals?

I don't want to frighten people, but it's important that we recognize that Migraine and it's impact can indeed kill. If we don't admit this and talk about it, how can we work to keep it from happening?

Over the weekend, a 22-year-old young woman took her life because she'd lost hope of her chronic Migraines ever getting better. Migraine disease took this young woman's life. We MUST recognize this issue and endeavor to prevent these tragedies.

* Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. "Fact Sheet." 2010.

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PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1
 

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Last updated June 10, 2013.


Great Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Post

2013NMHAMBlogChallengeJune is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and one of the activities for raising awareness is a daily Blog Challenge.

I'm having great fun reading what everyone is writing this month. Every day brings new and wonderful posts from Migraine and Headache bloggers.

The challenge prompt for day 1 was: Phantom of the Opera - What do you hide behind your Migraine/Headache Disorders Mask? What do you let people see? Very fitting since the awareness month theme this year is Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.

Ellen Schnakenberg wrote an especially wonderful post for that day, and I want to share it with you. Ellen began:

What I originally had in mind for today’s prompt was very personal, but at the last minute, I decided to write about someone else who has impacted the lives of literally thousands of Migraine and headache patients – My specialist and my friend, Dr. Traci Purath in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She is not a Migraineur herself, yet today she wears a mask that only allows her patients to see the loveliest parts of who she is as both a person and a Migraine specialist.  But this half-mask also hides the dark parts of her life right now.  That heavy mask covers deep emotion, tears and gut-wrenching concern, which patients rarely realize ever exist for these heroes who spend so much of their lives desperately trying to help us.

As advocates, we are blessed to begin to share relationships with specialists on a very personal level.   We witness doctors in a way most regular patients don’t..."

I hope you'll take a few minutes to read Ellen's entire post, Phantom of the Opera.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1
 


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Last updated June 10, 2013.