One Person with Migraines Can Make a Difference
Recently, someone told me she feels that one person with Migraines can't really make a difference unless they're famous or politically influential.
Too many people feel this way, and I find it both sad and challenging. It's a feeling I want to discuss with y'all because it's a pretty powerless feeling, and we don't need to feel that way for a couple of reasons...
First, persistence really can pay off. Twelve years ago, I was "just another ticked off Migraineur." Then I decided I wasn't going to sit back and be quiet about it any longer. Now, I feel I truly make a difference.
Secondly, if you're not as stubborn and outspoken as I am, when one individual's voice joins another's, then another's, and so on, it can build to a truly powerful force. Remember what Aristotle said - "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
Look around the site here and our forum. The look around other places online - other Migraine sites, Facebook, and other places. You'll find literally thousands of Migraineurs, and you'll find a common theme in their comments and conversations. You'll find that the majority of us who post online are unhappy with...
- lack of effective treatments;
- problems getting properly diagnosed;
- horrifying emergency room experiences;
- unsympathetic employers and coworkers, friends, and family members;
- a general public who doesn't have a clue about Migraines or what it's like to live with the disease;
- the stigma associated with Migraine; and more.
At the same time, you'll find that only a minority of those Migraineurs take action when advocacy organizations such as the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy ask us to, and only a minority of them are doing anything this month to promote National Migraine Awareness Month. Why? I think it goes back to what the person I mentioned in the first paragraph told me - too many people think one person can't make a difference.
So, let me make my second point again, this time, graphically...
Through the end of June, we're holding a Migraine Awareness Month contest to gather ideas of how individuals, working alone and possibly from home, can do something simply and either free or very inexpensively to help build awareness. You can enter this content until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, by going to Enter Our Migraine Awareness Month Contest! Come share your ideas to join in raising awareness and for a chance to win a gift package.
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