Relationships of any kind are made more difficult when we have migraine. On the other hand, my problematic migraines resulted in my having relationships with some people I’d otherwise have never met. One of those people was Dr. Fred Sheftell. About 15 years ago, during an International Headache Congress, someone in the press room coordinated a phone call for me with Dr. Sheftell so I could interview him. Little did I know that the phone call and interview would lead to a wonderful friendship.
Dr. Sheftell got in touch with me after that conference, and we started getting to know each other. When I told him I’d just contracted with HarperCollins to write Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches, he generously offered to write the foreword. A few months later, I attended my first scientific meeting of the American Headache Society, and I met Dr. Sheftell in person for the first time at that conference. He introduced me to many people at that conference, telling them about the work I was doing. His introductions went a long way toward making me more comfortable at that first conference and paved the way for productive networking.
Beyond what Dr. Fred did to help me, I’ll always remember and be thankful for all he did for everyone with migraine and other headache disorders. In his practice, he was beloved by his patients. He never gave up on a patient or told them there was nothing left to try. His research laid the ground for more research. He wrote books and journal articles that were priceless.
Along with all of this, Dr. Fred was quite a talented musician. He gathered a group of colleagues to produce a continuing medical education CD that incorporated several songs that he wrote and he and his colleagues performed. The songs were lively, fun, and often educational. Here’s a video of one of them:* * *This time of year, migraine or not, most of us dive into holiday planning as deeply as we're able to. Holidays have become so commercialized that the original reasons for them often seem to be overshadowed. So, between now and January, 2016, we're saying, "Yes," to our readers who asked us to repeat last year's feature project -_ Thankful Despite Migraine_. We'll be sharing the people in our lives for whom we're thankful as well as things, events, and more.
Is there someone or something you’re especially thankful for this year? Would you like to share? If so, you can write your own post or post a comment below!
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_Reviewed by David Watson, MD. _
© Teri Robert, 2015. • Last updated December 22, 2015.
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+.