Migraine Expressions Arrives -- You MUST see this book!
Several months ago, Betsy Blondin contacted me about a book she was editing entitled Migraine Expressions. She was looking for Migraineurs who expressed their Migraines through arts and literature -- poets, painters, anyone who expressed their feelings about and experiences with Migraine through writing or art.
After we talked, she posted on our site, inviting people to submit possible content for the book. Betsy also contacted nonprofit organizations such as MAGNUM and the NHF for their input and support.
Today, I have a copy of Migraine Expressions: A Creative Journey through Life with Migraine sitting on my desk. It's vibrant, breath-taking, and exciting. I never doubted that this would be a "good" book, but Migraine Expressions exceeds my most optimistic expectations.
Here's a recent press release with information about the book:
Migraine Expressions: A Creative Journey through Life with Migraine illustrates in breathtaking art, poetry, essays and photography some of the ways tens of millions of people worldwide live, work, feel and love while trying to minimize attacks and manage symptoms of this often-debilitating disease. The courage and strength that takes is illuminated in this dramatic work from 124 writers and artists in many states and countries.
No other book expresses migraine in both words and art of people who suffer the symptoms and survive the disease; most books about migraine are from experts who define, explain, and offer advice on how to manage it. This book will complement existing information, be instrumental for people with migraine to share experiences and communicate feelings, and serve as a tool for furthering understanding among non-migraineurs.
Migraine is a neurobiological disease impacting more than 30 million people in the United States and similarly 12 to 15 percent of people in most countries of the world. It is a debilitating and little-understood disorder that is finally attracting the long-overdue attention it urgently needs in medical research and treatment arenas as well as in the general media. Celebrities, athletes and well-known professionals appear more and more often to share their stories or in news items of crippling migraine attacks. They represent many millions of others around the world.
Suzanne E. Simons, Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, commented, “Congratulations! The images and the words are compelling. Migraineurs will relate to the visual images and poems. Those who don’t suffer may be better able to empathize after reading the book.”
The book includes a foreword by leading migraine educator, advocate and author, Teri Robert, who says, “Projects such as Migraine Expressions are rare, priceless, and sorely needed. They offer an intimate view of the impact of migraine disease. The works of art in this book are deeply personal and revealing. They are heart-wrenching and inspiring, filled with both terror and hope.”
And Richard B. Lipton, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, claims, "Migraine Expressions reveals a neurobiological disease from many highly personal perspectives as contributors transform their experiences into stunning verbal and visual art. The book will help people with migraine find their individual voices even as they recognize the universality of their shared experiences.”
Book details: Hardcover, 192 pages, full color, 8.5 by 11 inches, available from publisher at www.wordmetropress.com July 21, 2008, $34.95 retail. Editor is available for interviews, appearances and book signings.
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Betsy Baxter Blondin is a longtime writer and editor, a nearly 40-year migraine survivor,
and this is the first book published by Word Metro Press.
Contact Betsy at 760.458.5576 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to request a review copy.
With Betsy's permission, here are some images from Migraine Expressions:
You can get more information or purchase a copy of Migraine Expressions at www.MigraineExpressions.com.