It hardly seems possible that another year has gone by, but it has, so I want to take a minute to show my appreciation and affection for the migraine and headache community.
If I could give all of you the gift I truly want to, I’d somehow find a way to cure migraine, cluster headaches, new daily persistent headache, and all of the headache disorders that disrupt our lives and have such a horrible impact on our quality of life. But, despite the claims we all too often see people make, there is no cure yet. Wendy and Leonard Goldberg recently gave us all an unprecedented gift when they donated $10 million to UCLA, most of which will fund the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program.
I can only dream of being able to make donations the size of the Goldberg donation, but I have made donations to the following nonprofit organizations in honor of the migraine and headache community as my gift to you:
- the American Headache and Migraine Association,
- the 36 Million Migraine Campaign (of the American Migraine Foundation),
- the National Headache Foundation, and
- the Migraine Research Foundation.
If any of you want to make donations to any of these organizations, you can easily do so by clicking on the links above.
Whatever holidays you may be celebrating, I hope they’re joyous and as free of migraines as possible. Please treat yourselves as well as you treat others you love. Be gentle with yourselves, and remember that gifts, meals, and get-togethers don’t have to be perfect to be enjoyed. Each and every one of you are special, and the spirit of the holidays is love, not material things.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.