Thankful Despite Migraine - The American Headache Society

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As you read this, I'm in Scottsdale, Arizona, learning about migraine and other headache disorders, thanks to the American Headache Society (AHS). Each year, the AHS holds two continuing education events for health care professionals, one of them in November in Scottsdale. The AHS is:

"a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. Founded in 1959, AHS brings together physicians and other health providers from various fields and specialties to share concepts and developments about headache and related conditions."

When I attended my first AHS conference in 2004, it was difficult to understand many of the sessions. After all, they're for health care professionals such as doctors and nurses, and I'm neither. I was relieved and thankful when some of the migraine and headache specialists who were there offered to explain the things I didn't understand, either at the conference or via email after the conference. Wow Talk about generous and helpful! Thanks to them, I was able to write up what I had learned and offer it to other migraine and headache patients in terms we could all understand. Thus began long and productive relationships.

There are also other reasons to be thankful for the American Headache Society. Here are a few of them:

  • They offer education and training to the doctors we depend upon for our migraine and headache treatment.
  • The AHS worked with the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties to set up the criteria and exam for doctors to become UCNS certified migraine and headache specialists.
  • A branch of the AHS, the American Migraine Foundation, is dedicated to the advancement of migraine and headache research.
  • The AHS worked with patient leaders to establish a branch of the AHS for patients and their friends and families, the American Headache and Migraine Association.

Many people thank me for my work to educate and support migraine and headache patients. Truly, I don't know that I could do much of what I do without the American Headache Society and all of the AHS members who have so generously helped me over the years.

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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