An interesting question arrived in my email a few days ago, "What is migraine advocacy? Is it just things like talking to Congress, or is there more to it?" What a great question! Webster defines advocacy as, "the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal," and advocate as, "to support or argue for (a cause, policy, etc.)"
I break migraine advocacy down into three types:
social advocacy, and
We can participate in advocacy efforts in all of these areas at varying levels, depending on our health and capabilities. We can invest as much time as we want, and there are opportunities for participation that we can do at home by spending just a few minutes at our computers.
When I say, "governmental advocacy," I'm talking about advocacy efforts aimed at government officials. Here are some examples:
Attending Migraine and headache advocacy events such as Headache on the Hill. Headache on the Hill is an annual event organized by th