#MHAM2018 Article Round-Up

I didn’t get to participate in #MHAM this year (more on why later), but I’m happy to report that many of my fellow migraine advocates were out in force, writing fierce articles and attending various events throughout the U.S. and beyond in order to spread awareness of this chronic, incurable disease. Here are a few of my favorite picks from the month for anyone who might have missed the flurry of activity:

The Unpredictability of Life With Chronic Migraine, from The Mighty

CGRP Approved, Now What? from Migraine.com (Not sure what CGRPs are? Read this.)

Why Does Migraine Matter? from The Migraine Mantras

When Coworkers See You Work on a Sick Day, from Migraine.com

How to Show Kindness to People in Pain, from Migraine Again with Shaunti Feldhahn

Diagnosis Isn’t a One-Time Thing, from Migraine.com

Migraine Community Mobilizes in Response to Recent ‘Migraine Pose’ Article, by AMF

Note: If you missed the backlash against Elle Magazine’s “Migraine Pose” article, do yourself a favor and check out Instagram and Twitter with the #migrainepose and #truemigrainepose hashtags. The community’s response was inspiring. (And it is the one piece of advocacy I was actually able to attempt last month.)

Here’s wishing you all a healthy, happy, and peaceful summer. 🙂

Great Post on Topamax Alternative

As many of you know, I tried Topamax for a while back in 2008 with high hopes. Instead, of offering me relief, however, it turned me into a confused, emotionally unstable, skeleton. Now, there may be a new drug that offers an alternative to people for whom Topamax should work but doesn’t, and for whom the side effects make it unpleasant to take.

According to James at Headache and Migraine News, the drug study targeted people who had mild reactions to Topamax and didn’t see the improvements they and their doctors expected to see. This means that it probably wouldn’t be much help for me, seeing as my reactions to the drug were anything but mild. However, this may be of interest to some of you.

Read James’ full post here.

January #Migraine Blog Round Up

I can’t believe it’s already February! I’m still catching up on my 2013 to-do list, and here it is almost Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, I recently hired a mother’s helper for a few hours per week, so I’m hoping to start checking stuff off on a more regular basis.

This year, I wanted to start a monthly round-up of my blog posts (in case anyone missed one) as well as a few of my favorites from other people around the blogosphere. I meant to do this at the end of January, but, well, see above. So, deadlines and dates be damned! Here are January’s:

My Posts:

Other Favorites:

In other news, BeliefNet.com recently posted an excerpt of my book, “Finding Happiness with Migraines: A Do-It-Yourself Guide.” Read more here!