No need to get out the party hats and streamers, but you will want to participate in the celebration anyway. It’s that time of year again when sufferers with migraines in Houston to New York and LA are celebrating National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Believe it or not, getting involved with this cause may actually lead to the development of new migraine treatments and the elimination migraine associated social stigma. Additional benefits to joining the celebration include the opportunity to connect with others who also suffer with migraine symptoms just like you and exchange personal stories, ideas and tips!
The annual theme this year is Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders, and several neat activities are planned for the occasion. According to the American Headache Society website there will be a blogging challenge, twitter challenge, blog carnival and daily photo challenge among other things. They key is to get the message out and to do so in large numbers from migraineurs in Houston to Phoenix and Nashville. Overcoming the stigma that is associated with things that are unknown or mysterious takes great effort and tenacity. By participating in the Migraine Awareness activities, you can help raise awareness and tolerance of migraines and the individuals who suffer with disabling symptoms. Along the way migraineurs can make new friends and exchange tips about migraine treatments.
In addition to eradicating migraine related societal stigma, with a greater level of awareness and knowledge about the nature of chronic headaches and migraines comes more support for migraine research and treatments. The more people and institutions realize how many migraine and headache sufferers are in need of effective migraine treatment, the more research and development resources will be channeled in that direction. The National Headache Foundation website says by ‘showing purple (the designated ribbon color for Awareness Month) you will show others they are not alone. In fact, more than 37 million people across the country suffer with migraines. No need to make reservations or even leave your house to participate in the celebration of National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month! Just be sure to get the word out through tweets, blogs or photos online and in your own community.