Whether it's migraine or another health issue, there's a principle I very strongly believe:
The person with the most at stake needs to be — and gets to be — in charge.
The person with the most at stake is not our doctor — it's each one of us living with migraine — a condition we live with every minute of every hour of every day. We get to be in charge. In fact, taking charge is how we rule migraine disease.
Of course, "taking charge" often means different things to different people. When it come to taking charge of our own health and health care, it means:
Acknowledging that we, and not our doctors, are ultimately responsible for our health.
Recognizing that migraine is a genetic neurological disease, and diseases often need regular health care throughout our lives. This is a fact that few of us likes to face, but recognizing that migraine is a disease — just as surely as diabetes, epilepsy, and many other conditions are diseases — can put things in perspective for us.
Accepting that there are some areas of migraine management — such as avoiding triggers, following a sleep schedule, e