3 Truths About Living with an Invisible Illness

I like to joke that I was born into advocacy. My father was paralyzed in a diving accident when I was two weeks old and I grew up fighting alongside him for adequate accommodations in everything from Kmart parking lots to government buildings. My dad didn’t see advocacy as a chore, he viewed it as…

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How Step Therapy Impacted My Life with Migraine

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Living with chronic migraine is frustrating on its own. It’s downright infuriating when your plan of care is interrupted by an insurance provider. Step Therapy / Fail First Two summers ago, I was forced to stop my plan of care. It began when my neurologist left his practice. It took me three months to see…

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New Migraine Treatments: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Beginning a new migraine treatment can be a roller coaster ride. All at once, you may feel hopeful for relief, nervous that the treatment won’t work, and fearful of what new and/or intolerable side effects may come along for the ride. It can be a challenging time! Here are three things to keep in mind…

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Headache Diseases: Let’s Talk About the “H” in MHAM

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Let’s discuss the H in MHAM: Headache Diseases. These are non-migraine diseases that members of our community deal with every day. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it’s always important to remember that we are a diverse group of individuals that have a range symptoms and presentations even within the same disease…

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CMA Founder’s Personal Connection to Remembrance Day

Did it ever occur to you that you might get migraines from the level of energy it takes to maintain your dishonesty and delusion? This is an actual comment someone posted on Facebook in response to a disagreement about women being second-class citizens. By trying to insult me, he also insulted our mutual friend who…

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Supporting LGBTQ+ People with Migraine — Beyond PRIDE Month

LGBTQ+ People with Migraine

As we celebrate Migraine and Headache Awareness Month through June, it’s important to acknowledge another awareness campaign – Pride Month. People in marginalized communities face unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning (LGBTQIA+) are no exception. In the chronic illness community, we know…

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3 Tips To Manage Migraine at Work

The migraine and headache community recognizes “Headache at Work Day” on June 1 to raise awareness for the need for employer accommodations for people living and working with migraine disease and headache disorders. I have had episodic migraine since my teenage years, which turned chronic after having kids. I was a lawyer then, and I…

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5 Ways to Educate Yourself and Others About Migraine & Headache Diseases

Educate Yourself and Others About Migraine

For people with migraine, technology can be challenging with triggers such as bright screens and moving images. However, one of the greatest benefits of technology is access to information about the disease we live with — information about treatments, attack triggers, disease management and so much more. This information about migraine and other headache disorders…

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Migraine Action Plan: Begins with Access to Care

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Are you satisfied with your migraine treatment plan? Do you have barriers to care? As a diverse population with diverse types of migraine, we each require personalized migraine action plans. To create a migraine action plan that you are satisfied with and is successful, you need to have access to any and all resources. Care…

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