Starting the New Year Off Right: January Headache Blog Carnival

Welcome to the second edition of the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.

Generally speaking, a blog carnival is a collection of links to a variety of a blogs on a central topic. The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with unique opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

For the January 2008 carnival I solicited submissions on topics related to starting the new year off right, but also welcomed entries of general interest to headache and migraine sufferers. Please continue reading for the January 2008 collection of posts.


  • Teri Robert at My Migraine wrote about ways that migraineurs can improve their health in the new year without setting themselves up for disappointment in Tips for Living Well All Year. Teri’s advice is perfect for those of us who want to start the year off with a renewed sense of commitment to doing all we can to better manage our illnesses without putting pressure on ourselves to change things we cannot control.
  • Many of us have established standard resolutions for the new year, but there is no reason we shouldn’t include our headache health among our goals. Mary Kay Betz of Headache offers some practical, thought provoking questions in Headache Resolutions: 2008.
  • Rosalind Joffe of Working with Chronic Illness wrote about how to achieve your goals at work in 2008 in New Year Carnival and Thoughts.
  • Rena at Dealing with Headaches wrote an informative, useful post about how small adjustments can make computer use easier on headache and migraine patients in Checklist for Reducing Computer Headaches.
  • Kerrie at The Daily Headache wrote about feeling optimistic about new treatment options despite having had a 2007 filled with migraines and pain in Kerrie’s 2007: A Year to Forget.
  • Migraine Chick shared her reflections on how pain affected her holiday season in Not Such a Jolly Christmas!
  • I shared a list of some of the most important news stories covered by Somebody Heal Me in Biggest Migraine and Depression News of 2007.
  • Jenni Prokopy of Chronic shared some excellent ideas for making the most of the new year in 5 Steps to Start the Year Off Right.

We’ll continue the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival on the second Monday of each month in the new year. Look for the February 2008 Headache Blog Carnival on the theme of “how to have love & romance in your life when you also have headaches & migraines” on Monday, February 11th right here at Somebody Heal Me.


  • December 2007 — surviving the holidays
  • January 2008 — starting the new year off on the right foot
  • February 2008 — how to have love & romance in your life when you also have headaches & migraines
  • March 2008 — the challenges of maintaining friendships for headache sufferers & migraineurs
  • future themes as yet undetermined

Entries on topics that are particularly useful, educational or inspirational for headache and migraine sufferers are also welcome and encouraged.

Publication Schedule:

The carnival is published on the second Monday of each month.

  • December 2007 — Monday, December 10, 2007
  • January 2008 — Monday, January 14, 2008
  • February 2008 — Monday, February 11, 2008
  • March 2008 — Monday, March 10, 2008


Entries must be submitted by midnight on the first Friday of each month (the Friday before the carnival is published).

  • December 2007 — midnight, Friday, December 7, 2007
  • January 2008 — midnight, Friday, January 11, 2008
  • February 2008 — midnight, Friday, February 8, 2008
  • March 2008 — midnight, Friday, March 7, 2008


Anyone who has written about headaches or migraine disease can participate by submitting a link in accordance with the guidelines. Your blog need not be limited to headache-related topics for you to submit links for consideration.


  • December 2007 — Somebody Heal Me, Diana Lee
  • January 2008 — Somebody Heal Me, Diana Lee
  • February 2008 — Somebody Heal Me, Diana Lee
  • March 2008 — My Migraine Connection, Teri Robert
  • If you’re interested in hosting a future edition, please send me an e-mail so we can discuss it.

Entries are due by midnight on Friday, February 8th. Entries that relate to the February carnival’s theme of love & romance with headaches will receive preference. Entries on topics that are particularly useful, educational or inspirational for headache and migraine sufferers are also welcome.

They may be submitted through the form on the carnival website or directly to me by e-mail.

I welcome any of your carnival-related suggestions for February or in general. Feel free to post a comment here or shoot me an e-mail at any time.