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Cindy McCain Speaks Out About Migraine Disease at IHC 2009

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

  1. Improve the lives of your patients with Migraine by listening, staying aware and understanding how disabling this disease can be.

  2. Work with political leaders to recognize the public health importance of Migraine and exploit a “brain trust” that increases funding to facilitate integrated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research networks that enable advances and insights to flow back and forth from the lab to the practicing physician and back again.

  3. Create a public awareness campaign that raises awareness of this disease for what it is and the enormous physical, medical and emotional toll it takes on sufferers.

Those are the three main points Mrs. Cindy McCain will be making when she delivers the keynote address at the 14th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHS), hosted by American Headache Society (AHS) next week.

In speaking of Mrs. McCain Dr. Fred Sheftell, president of the ASH said,

“Cindy McCain has dedicated her life to making a better life for people around the world. We are honored and thrilled that someone with her prominence and credibility is willing to stand up and be counted in this silent disease. She is a true hero to Migraine sufferers everywhere.”

In her keynote address, Mrs. McCain will call on Migraine specialists to press for more research funding for the diagnosis and treatment of Migraine and to work with political leaders to raise public awareness of the enormous toll Migraine takes on sufferers. She says,

“My mission is to press hard for more awareness and respect for Migraine sufferers in the medical community and in our society and more scientific progress in Migraine.”

Mrs. McCain has suffered with extremely severe Migraines for the last 15 years, some disabling enough to require hospitalization. Mrs. McCain experienced Migraine attacks frequently during her husband’s political campaigns. It's not stress and pressure that bring on the Migraines – they seem to be triggered by something sensory: bright lights, sounds, or strong odors. Mrs. McCain says,

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