Yesterday marked the first day of this year’s Migraine and Headache Awareness month. Ironically, I was too ill to write about it. Migraine does that to us–plays dictator on days we have other things to do than treat our disease, places we’d rather go than bed. Some days, we beat it. Many others we don’t. Always, we yield just a little.
Still, I am hopeful.
I have participated in Migraine and Headache Awareness month for many years now, but this year feels different. I feel we’re on the verge of something real. A place larger than we’ve been before.
There’s more research for migraine these days (though still not enough), and more people are talking about it. It’s gaining ground as more than “a headache,” which is important because headache is only one symptom of migraine disease; it does not define it. Awareness is growing, but there is still more to do.
If you’d like to get involved this year, one big way is to join Move Against Migraine‘s day of action. On June 8, 2017, the campaign is mobilizing people across the country to come together to show their support by participating in the Move Against Migraine Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that mass-shares a single message on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) at the same date and time. The result is a unified rallying cry that amplifies the voice of the migraine community.
If you would like to join the movement and include your voice in the Thunderclap, visit http://thndr.me/6SIk6J before June 8 and pledge your support with Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.
Other things to consider:
- Join the Migraine.com community
- Wear sunglasses on June 21st in a show of solidarity (info here)
- Join a Facebook group to get active in the community, find support, and celebrate successes (Mamas Facing Forward, Practically Chronic, and headsUPmigraine are a few of my favorites)
- Tweet about migraine or post on Instagram using the tags #MHAM and #MHAMSMC
- Support migraine activists and bloggers, such as Golden Graine, The Daily Headache, Migraine Warrior, and My Migraine Life
- Follow the tags #MHAM and ##MHAMSMC for information on new research, treatments, and ways to get involved
Together, we can make a difference. ❤