June 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.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated June 10, 2013.