Dr. Fred Sheftell - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
Do you find yourself thinking about the people in your life who do and don't understand Migraines or headaches when November and Thanksgiving come around every year?
That's where I find myself. When I start thinking about Thanksgiving and gratitude, it's the people in my life that come to mind first. Maybe it's because there are some people in our lives who just "don't get it" and make our lives more difficult, so it's appropriate to be thankful for the great people in our lives who add so much and improve our quality of life.
For day #13 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I want to share how grateful I am to have had Dr. Fred Sheftell in my life. Dr. Fred Sheftell began his career in medicine as a psychiatrist. This picture shows Dr. Sheftell on your right and our own Dr. John Claude Krusz on the left at a conference the three of us attended. Early in his practice, while working with Dr. Alan Rapoport, Dr. Fred discovered that he had a deep and genuine concern form patients with Migraine and other headache disorders. He and Dr. Rapoport founded the New England Center for Headache, and Dr. Sheftell began learning as much about Migraines and headaches as possible. This shift in his career was a huge benefit to patients everywhere. He also got into research and published 11 books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Sheftell has been an enormous motivation and inspiration in my life and in my work as a patient educator and advocate. He wrote the forward for my book, encouraged me to start attending American Headache Society conferences to get continuing education along-side Migraine and headache specialists, asked me to get in involved in the American Headache Society's Committee for Headache Education (ACHE), and more. In 2011, Dr. Sheftell passed away, and I miss him greatly. In addition to everything else he did, Dr. Sheftell was a talented musician, and used his talent to teach everyone. Here's a video of Life is for Living from his CD, Migraine Blues:
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 13, 2013.