Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 Migraine Awareness Month Events: Chats, Blog Prompts, Giveaways & Much More! #NMAM

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Creating an easily recognized, uniform presence is an important aspect of promoting awareness of a cause like migraine disease. As we approach the start of the National Headache Foundation's 2012 Migraine Awareness Month, I have gathered a few ideas for creating continuity in our efforts. I'd also like to share some exciting events being planned especially for the promotion of migraine awareness in June. Make sure you're following Somebody Heal Me so you don't miss out on anything!

NMAM Facebook Event Page

Come join the Facebook event page for Migraine Awareness Month: National Migraine Awareness Month FB Event Page. I know sometimes event pages are used to promote real life or virtual events, but this one is actually just to let your Facebook friends know you're participating in or supporting Migraine Awareness Month and to spread information about related events. Please invite your family and friends to join the event page, too!

Graphics, Twitter Hashtags & Purple

First, we have an awesome graphic especially for Migraine Awareness Month. You should feel free to use it on your blog sidebars, blog posts, Facebook walls and anywhere else you can think of to promote Migraine Awareness Month.

You can save the image to your desktop by right clicking on it. If you have any problems, please let me know. I'd be glad to send the image to you by email, if necessary. I can also send you the purple ribbon image on its own if you want it.

On a similar note, the gals coordinating the Migraine Awareness Month Blog Prompts, Teri Robert and Ellen Schnakenberg, have proposed using the following hashtag on Twitter to promote our tweets about Migraine Awareness Month: #NMAM. Uniting behind a single hashtag will help us create greater awareness during this 2012 Migraine Awareness Month.

Finally, since purple is our newly established migraine awareness color, it would be great if everyone working on promotions for Migraine Awareness Month used some purple or added the purple ribbon to them, too. And if you don't already own some purple clothing, it's time to get something so you can represent for migraine awareness!

If anyone has similar ideas for unifying our efforts, please let me know and I'll be happy to spread the word.

Blogging Challenge

As I mentioned above, mIgraineurs and patient advocates Teri Robert and Ellen Scnakenberg came up with a great idea for increasing migraine awareness this month through blogging: Migraine Awareness Month Blog Challenge Prompts. 

If you've never been part of a blogging challenge like this before, the basic idea is to blog about a topic every single day using the blog challenge prompts as your inspiration. There is a writing prompt for every day of the month and a few extras to substitute in case you intensely dislike one of the topics or find it impossible to write about.

When / if you share your blog challenge posts on Twitter, please use the hashtags #NMAM and #NMAMBC to identify them. You'll be able to find other blog challenge posts by clicking on those hashtags. When you come across blog challenge posts by other participants, please retweet them to your followers.

If you don't have your own blog, you can always participate by putting your thoughts in a public Facebook note and sharing the link to that. So please don't feel like you can't be part of this if you don't ordinarily blog. Also, please participate even if you have a different headache disorder than migraine, such as cluster or tension type.

Find the prompts at this link: Migraine Awareness Month Blog Prompts. To learn more about the challenge and share the link to your post for the challenge each day, visit: Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge.

All the patient advocates at are taking turns writing about the prompts and sharing them on the blog. Hopefully this will allow us to spread awareness about not only Migraine Awareness Month, but also topics related to migraine itself. Learn more by visting: Coming Up for Migraine Awareness Month.

Migraine Awareness Month Tweets

This project involves a sharable tweet for every single day of MIgraine Awareness Month. Learn more my visiting this link: Call to Action! 50 Tweets for Migraine Awareness Month.

Chronic Migraine Awareness Day

Friday, June 29, 2012, has been designated Chronic Migraine Awareness Day by the National Headache Foundation. In recognition of the burden of and to increase awareness of chronic migraine you are encouraged to wear purple and red that day. This is a simple, but powerful way to show your support.

Migraine Chat Sessions for Patients

Even though I've had to stop holding the weekly Migraine Chat for patients on Wednesday evenings because I've been far too overextended in trying to manage all my projects and life with chronic migraine, I've planned two exciting Migraine Chats for June to coincide with Migraine Awareness Month.

I've scheduled one afternoon and one evening session, so hopefully one or both will work for your schedule. Migraine Chat is like a support group full of other migraine patients who understand what you're going through and can help point you in the direction of accurate information to address your questions.

No registration or advance sign up is required. Just follow the chat room link, enter the password, select a username and start chatting. For more information visit: How to Participate in Migraine Chat.
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 3 pm CDT: Migraine Awareness Month Chat: What do you wish people better understood about living with migraine disease?
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6 pm CDT: Migraine Awareness Month Chat Pt 2: What do you need in order to live well with migraine disease that you currently don't have in your life. Tangible or intangible. It's all fair game!

NHF Chats

The National Headache Foundation holds chats on various subjects throughout the year, but they are planning four special chats in June with headache and migraine experts in celebration of Migraine Awareness Month.
  • June 5 - Dr. Edmund J. Messina, MD - Migraine: How to Communicate with your Physician
  • June 12 - Dr. Vincent Martin, MD - Sinus & Allergy Headache
  • June 19 - Dr. Robert G. Kaniecki, MD - Tension Headache
  • June 26 - Dr. Sheena K. Aurora, MD - Hormone & Headache
You'll want to register in advance to make sure you secure yourself a spot in any of the chats that interest you. You can sign up at the NHF's website: NHF Chat Room.

Montefiore Headache Center / Migraine Research Foundation Chat

Montefiore Headache Center and Migraine Research Foundation are co-sponsoring a Twitter Chat for migraine patients featuring migraine specialist Dr. Richard B. Lipton, director of the Montefiore Headache Center. No registration or advance sign up is required

This chat will be held on, and we'll be using the hashtag #migrainechat. Submit questions for Dr. Lipton or other moderators in advance by tweeting them using the same hashtag.

For more information visit:


Finally, I'm planning to give away some of my favorite migraine-related products and books in honor of Migraine Awareness Month. Learn more about the #NMAM Giveaways here: Somebody Heal Me Migraine Awareness Month Giveaways. Stay posted and make sure you're following Somebody Heal Me to get as many chances as possible of winning one of these awesome books or coping tools.

Project Migraine Hope

Migraine Awareness Month is the perfect time to support Kelly's awesome Project Migraine Hope campaign. Check out the videos that have already been share and make one of your own to show people what living with and experiencing migraine is really like. Visit: Project Migraine Hope.

Slideshow to Share

I high recommend you considering sharing Teri Robert's slideshow at My Migraine Connection: Presenting Facts to Make Migraines Visible and Raise Awareness. Pass it along to friends and family through email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help spread accurate information about the burden of migraine disease during this awareness month.

If you know of other #NMAM related events or are planning something, please let me know & I'll add info and links about it to this post!

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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.