Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Advocating for Another Carnival: Portrait of My Migraine Community

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Today, Tuesday, August 21st, through Tuesday, August 28th, I'm participating in WEGO Health's Advocating for Another Carnival. 

Learn more about how to join us here: http://bit.ly/A4Amonth. Look for A4A Carnival posts by following this hashtag on Twitter: #A4AMonth.

There are prompts for parents, caregivers, health activists and people who prefer to participate through social media, not blogging. A little something for everyone.

Today's prompt: August 21 • Day 1: Portrait Post
Write a descriptive portrait of your community. Share qualities that make them, them – and include an image! (A photo or creative work of /about them!)

How in the world to distill this fabulous, diverse group of migraineurs down into a few common words? At first blush, it seems impossible. But upon reflecting I realized there are certain commonalities that bring all of you to my blog. Something more than just the fact that we share this brutal, misunderstood disease, though that's certainly a starting point.

My readers are curious and love learning more about how to live their best lives with migraine disease.

My readers yearn to have a conversation with people who understand what they're dealing with. They love knowing they don't need to try to explain what they're feeling or going through because everyone gets it.

It's hard for my migraine community to get out to find support with real life friends and support groups, but we find ways around it. We chat on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We participate in chats and virtual support groups.

My readers don't kvetch and whine about living with migraine and all the junk it moves into our lives and unpacks. Yes, we struggle, and we're open about it. But after giving ourselves space and room for a healthy pity party, we strap on our work boots and figure out how to make the best of any situation we're faced with.

We have a variety of careers, hobbies, family structures and political views and regularly make different decisions about how to manage our health. But despite migraine, we all view our lives with hope for the future.

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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.