What is migraine disease? Unlike what you might think, migraine is not just a headache. It is a neurological disease with no cure and is still extremely stigmatized. Migraine consists of excruciating and disabling pain that usually presents on one side of the head but can also occur on both sides. Migraine is not just…

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Migraine attacks don’t pause, even for a pandemic that’s turning people’s lives and the health care system upside down. That’s why advocates are fighting to maintain continuous access to health care and migraine medication amid COVID-19. Uninterrupted care for migraine disease patients requires policymakers to rethink business as usual in at least five important ways.…

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Juneteenth Today is the oldest nationally celebrated memorial to the end of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with reports that the war had ended and that the slaves were now free. This was two and a…

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Families with Children Taking a Lead in Advocating for Those with Migraine and Other Headache Diseases Migraine and other headache diseases can begin well before adulthood. For Robert Pushis, his migraine attacks started at the age of seven. Robert had symptoms of migraine that included aura, head pain, nausea, vomiting and dry heaves. As if…

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Caregiving: Three Ways I Show My Support My son, Nate, was 10 years old when I was initiated into the complicated world of migraine disease. He collapsed on a baseball field in the middle of an inning—vomiting, weak and unable to speak or open his eyes. He was diagnosed the following week with migraine disease.…

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One of the biggest reasons why migraine disease, despite being the second most disabling neurological disorder has yet to be taken seriously among our peers and gain the funding for research that it rightfully deserves, is the stigma surrounding it. The negative connotations surrounding the word “migraine” are not going away unless those living with…

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When I first was first diagnosed with chronic migraine after an accident, my family longed to understand what I was experiencing. Many did not know much about migraine disease prior to me being diagnosed, only hearing the words “migraine” or “headache” in passing, let alone all the complexities of the disease. My disease began to…

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I am blessed to have been a volunteer, in some capacity, for most of my adult life. In hindsight, I realize that I typically chose to volunteer where I could mix service with the camaraderie of working with people. I have enjoyed the diversity of each experience and made forever friends along the way. Some…

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