As someone who started having migraines somewhere around age 6, child migraineurs have a very special place in my heart. Gretchen Rautman (There Be Migraines Here), a lifelong migraineur who has lived with chronic migraine disease for many years, has written a lovely little children’s book about living in pain from a child’s perspective.
My Secret by Gretchen Rautman
There aren’t many resources out there for parents to help their children cope with a life filled with pain and disease. Luckily not very many kids need this kind of thing. But for those who do, this book is a godsend. Being in constant pain makes you feel like a freak. For children, who don’t yet have the life experiences to cope with being different, it’s so much worse. It’s scary and isolating. To have access to this book is to be understood and acknowledged. It’s the perfect opening to some hard conversations with a child migraineur about their experiences and feelings. It is important to talk to kids about their pain. Ignoring it is not a good strategy. A book like this is a wonderful thing. Even better, all proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Migraine Research Foundation.
We’re giving away one paper copy of this book (it’s also available for digital download) to a Somebody Heal Me, reader. To be entered leave a comment on this post telling us about the child migraineur in your life who would benefit from this book. The contest will run until midnight (the end of the day) on Friday, March 4, 2011. To be eligible you must leave me a way to contact you, preferably an email address. Good luck!
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