Monday, June 06, 2011

National Migraine Awareness Month: June 2011

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Happy National Migraine Awareness Month! The month of June is all about creating awareness about headache disorders and migraine disease. Since you're reading this blog chances are you're already educated about headache disorders and know a lot about the best techniques for living and coping with them. But in honor of National Migraine Awareness month, consider ways you might educate people around you about what it's like to live with headache and migraine disorders, how to get diagnosed and how to cope.

Here are some ideas:
  • Send an email to family and friends with basic information about headache disorders and migraine disease, such as common triggers, symptoms, treatments, etc.
  • Reach out to someone in your life who you think may be living with an undiagnosed headache disorder. Provide some basic information and offer your help with finding a doctor and exploring treatment options. Don't be pushy, but just be there in case your friend is ready to seek help.
  • Post information about migraine disease and other headache disorders on your Facebook wall and/or Twitter account. This could be anything from tidbits about what helps you cope to links to good resources to facts about the burden of migraine disease.
  • Write up an information sheet about migraine disease and hand it out to family, friends and coworkers. Include links where they can learn more if they're interested and thoughts about how they can support you when you're dealing with a migraine attack.
Learn more about the National Headache Foundation's National Migraine Awareness Month at: National Migraine Awareness Month: More Than Just a Headache.

What are your ideas for spreading awareness of headache disorders? Please share them in the comments!

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.