American Headache Society - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
Today is a big day in the headache and Migraine community - the day of the American Headache and Migraine Association's (AHMA) first annual patient conference.
It's amazing that the day is here as is everything that led up to it. For many years, we Migraine and headache patients have wanted to have a nonprofit patient organization to meet our educational and support needs and to help raise awareness - a patient-focused and patient-driven organization in which the board of directors is made up of patients, and in which the patients set up the programs and make the decisions. I've always loved the idea, and many people looked to me to start such an organization. For so long, this seemed an impossible feat. Where could we come up with the human and financial resources to do it?
Finally, it hit me that although it would be quite difficult alone, we could do it if we had the help of an already existing nonprofit organization. Some of us put out heads together and wrote a proposal, which we submitted to the American Headache Society (AHS), a professional society for health care professionals who treat Migraine and other headache disorders. To our great pleasure, the AHS said they would be happy to help us get started, and we set up the American Headache and Migraine Association as the patient arm of the AHS. The AHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so as part of the AHS, the AHMA is too. It took some work to get us up and going, but here we are today - holding our first annual patient conference.
For day #24 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I share with you my great gratitude for the American Headache Society and the assistance they have given us in starting the American Headache and Migraine Association. We are all thankful for the legal advice their membership, staff, and attorney gave us in our start-up, for their enthusiasm and moral support, for their members who are serving as our co-officers to give us advice and support, and for their financial support that they have so generously given to help us until we had funds of our own. I'm also extremely grateful for the patients who have come forward to help with AHMA. As the old saying goes - If we don't stand together, we shall certainly fall together. The beginning of the AHMA demonstrates that we shall not fall.
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 24, 2013.