It's easy to get caught up in our own concerns and lose sight of the bigger picture. Tell us about a time when you set aside your desires to accomplish something greater for the benefit of the whole Migraine and Headache community. If you haven't had the opportunity to do so yet, tell us what you think would be a great common goal for all of us.
Did you know that about 10 percent of children under age 12 have Migraine? Prior to adolescence, Migraine affects boys and girls almost equally. Although rare, Cluster Headache can affect children and adolescents, too. Concussion injuries from school sports also put kids at risk for headache disorders.
Raising awareness about ALL headache disorders is the job of EVERYONE with ANY headache disorder. None of us are in this alone. We need to work TOGETHER to raise awareness for EVERYONE. EVERY headache disorder matters. What is one way that you can support awareness for a headache disorder you do not have?
Migraine makes us vulnerable. Fears of stigma cause us to hide our symptoms. Even when we're with those who understand, our hiding continues. If we're ever going to break down stigma, we must first become visible. That requires each of us to let down our guard, stop hiding, and let our vulnerability show. It's time we showed the world how strong we really are.
Cluster Headache is about as prevalent as muscular sclerosis and is characterized by periodic cycles with attacks occuring in frequency of every other day up to eight times per day. Cluster Headache is often referred to as "Suicide Headache" because the attacks are so severe. Patients with Cluster say the pain is worse than anything they've ever felt, including gunshot wounds, broken bones, and unmedicated childbirth.
People with Migraine or other headache disorders don't fit easily into modern society. The lights are too bright, sound is too intense, and much of what others consider "fun" will make us sick. Yet people with Migraine have always found creative ways to leave their mark on the world. Despite your own challenges, how are you a "legend" to fellow patients?
In relating other people living with Migraine, Cluster Headache, or other headache disorder, it's important that we try to do the right thing. However, doing what's right isn't always clear or easy. Doing the right thing may not always be well-received. What does it mean to do the right thing when helping fellow patients?
Managing Migraine, Cluster Headache, or other Headache disorders isn't just about finding the right medical treatment. Tracking our attack frequency, identifying and avoiding triggers, and making healthy lifestyle choices are all essential. These healthy habits don't always come easily. That's when asking a trusted friend for help can make a difference. Accountability increases our chances of making lasting, positive changes.