Migraine Advocacy: May 2012 Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival

Welcome to the May 2012 edition of the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival. This month our theme is: “How to create awareness about migraine disease and headache disorders as a regular patient with a life full of other obligations.”

The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us. This month’s theme is something many of us can relate to as headache and migraine bloggers. We want to do our part to increase awareness, but it’s easy for life to get in the way.

The idea of advocacy work when you’re a busy person with migraine disease and a job, family, home, social life, etc. seems overwhelming and next to impossible. But the reality is that there are lots of things we can do to create awareness about migraine and headache disorders as regular patients that don’t require great effort or expense. That’s the focus of this month’s carnival.

By the way, if you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign the Alliance for Headache Disorders petition asking Congress to hold hearings on the burden of migraine disease: AHDA Petition. Pass it along to your friends and family. Anyone in the United States can sign the petition. It’s a small thing to do to increase migraine awareness, but can have a big impact!

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Gretchen Rautman shared a post about how she uses Christine Miserando’s Spoon Theory to subtly educate people about what it’s like to live with chronic migraine in Creating Awareness in a Non-Aggressive Way at There Be Migraines Here.

Teri Robert wisely points out that little education and advocacy efforts can add up to make a big difference and achieve significant goals in her submission Everyone Can Help Create Migraine Awareness posted at Putting Our Heads Together.

Cyn Jordan’s migraine awareness focus is all about cultivating hope, as she describes in her post When Life Sucks Make Suckers posted at Grace for the Storm.

Migrainista shared Right Now about how the demands of day-to-day life make it difficult for her to do as much advocacy as she’d like.

I’m sharing a blog post I wrote on this topic: Spreading Migraine Awareness: 5 Things YOU Can Do.

We had some great off-topic submissions this month, too.

Katia wrote a post about balancing everything she has going in her life despite living with migraine disease in Balance at her blog Healing My Migraines.

Kellie R. Stone also wrote about creating balance and promoting productivity in her life despite living with the everyday challenges of migraine disease in her submission Balancing the Migraine Teeter-Totter.

Nancy Bonk shared a post about a new line of FL-41 glasses for people with migraine in Theraspecs for Migraine Treatment at Migraine and Other Headache Disorders. Though she wasn’t able to try them herself because she needs regular glasses to be able to see, she is excited to share other people’s experiences with them in her post.

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Thank you for your generous support of the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival. It would be nothing without your participation and promotion.

The theme for the June 2012 Headache & Migraine Blog Carnival will be: “True migraine confessions: In honor of Migraine Awareness Month, give us your most personal, embarrassing or secret stories of living with migraine disease. Be as open as you dare.” Submit your blog post to the June 2012 edition of the Carnival by sending the link to your blog post directly to me by email at somebodyhealme AT dianalee DOT net. Submissions are due by the end of the day on Friday, June 8, 2012, and the Carnival will be published on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Most of the frequently asked questions about the Carnival are addressed here: Headache Blog Carnival FAQ. But please feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns. Also keep in mind I’m always looking for headache & migraine bloggers willing to volunteer to host an edition of the Carnival. Not only is it a great way to support the Carnival, it’s also likely to increase traffic to your blog. Now that’s a win/win situation.