Migraine.com Celebrates Our 5th Anniversary

Celebrating 5 Years of Community at Migraine.com

Welcome to Migraine.com‘s 5 Year Anniversary!

To start, we’d like to highlight and publicly thank our amazing group of contributors and moderators – you can learn more about them here!

We’re humbled and honored to be part of the lives of so many people working to live life with migraine. Here are just a few of the accomplishments garnered on our quest to provide information and connection to our Migraine.com community:

  • More than 12 million unique visits to the Migraine.com site, 75% of whom return to the site
  • Over 105,000 Facebook page likes and over 500,000 people reached via social media each week (a great way to spread migraine awareness!)
  • 3,350 original articles, on which there are approximately 24,000 comments
  • In our polls, there have been 1,467,238 votes casted and 1,128,052 total voters
  • Thousands of you participated in unique research ranging from the annual Migraine In America surveys to research published in peer-reviewed journals – focusing on Quality of Life impact and even alerting behavior from pets!

Speaking of YOU – we could never do what we do without the incredible community members who make Migraine.com the lively, caring place that it is. Thank you for your continued participation in surveys! Thank you to everyone who shared a personal story! Lastly, thank you to each of you who make up our very special Migraine.com community and Facebook page! Your reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and participation has made such an impact on us and on the community as a whole as we continue to grow.

As a way to thank you for making the Migraine.com community so vibrant, we’d like to offer a special gift to commemorate this occasion with our community. Please comment below for a chance to be randomly selected to win a gift – you can comment on any of the following ideas, or one of your own!

What have you learned from contributors and members at Migraine.com? Have you made any impactful changes in migraine management since finding the community? Have you taken a greater role in advocacy, educating friends and family about the realities of life with migraine?

Please share in the comments below – 20 people will be randomly selected from the comments on January 15th to receive our 5 year anniversary gift!

Comments

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  • Nonster
    3 years ago

    This is THE site that has helped me educate my husband, boys, sisters and some friends as to the complete picture of Migraines. The contributions from the Moderators are invaluable as they are well educated about migraines, treatments, doctors, who to go to for what…and they are especially empathetic to everyone. I’m on this site regularly and never do the moderators fail to encourage, enlighten and make all of us feel that we are not alone. There are many of us out there dealing with the same migraine issues. I thank all the moderators and all the contributors to Migraine.com. You have helped me gain courage and acceptance of my migraine journey(which I am still on). God speed to all of us!

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    3 years ago

    Dear Nonster,

    As one of the original contributors and moderators for the site, I want you to know that this comment means so much to me and the team. Thanks for your kind words–we know how tough it is to live with the struggles migraine brings, and it helps us to know that we are indeed finding ways to help you cope. I hope you’re feeling as well as possible.

    -Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

  • bakeslady
    3 years ago

    It is informative to read about other people’s experiences and to know that you are not alone with this disease.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the feedback! Being able to talk with (or read about) others who really understand where you’re coming from is invaluable, isn’t it?

    Take care; I hope you’re feeling as well as possible today.

    -Janet G.

  • Fiona
    3 years ago

    Having had migraine most of my life but not knowing it until rather recently I’ve needed to get up to speed on educating myself. Migraine.com has been a major part of my education. But the most important thing I learned was that I’m not alone and someone understands what I’m going through.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Fiona!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • terahkuy
    3 years ago

    I’m learning how to handle the emotional side of migraine. I’m good at managing the logistical, but the emotional? Not so much…

  • emrussellatc
    3 years ago

    I learned that I am not alone. There are so many people who suffer from migraines. I was also able to share with family members about what a migraine is and what not to say to someone who has migraines. Thank you for all the up to date information and support!!!!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello emrussellatc!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Jill M.
    3 years ago

    This site has been many things to me since I first found it: a source of inspiration, my go-to place for information, a comfort zone, a place to vent, and an opportunity to share info with others. Thanks to everyone who makes this site a great place to visit!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello rjam71!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Deborah J.
    3 years ago

    Hi, I just found this web site in the last 2 months, and it has been a life saver. I have finally found a place where there are stories, comments, blogs or educational articles and even the surveys that make me feel that someone cares and that I am not alone. I have had chronic migraines since 2011 and have tried to find some place (web, National Headache Foundation Magazine, etc) to relate to, and finally found you! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Migraine.com is continually changing, so I know that I can find something or someone to learn a little more from. Happy Anniversary to you!

  • Kate
    3 years ago

    This has been such a support. I like many others have learned I am not odd for keeping my house dark, wearing sunglasses when it’s not really sunny or even that I am not alone in some of the speech changes that I get with an attack. The site has given me more confidence to stand up for myself like having my work take out the fluorescent lights over my desk or to obtain FMLA so I can work around my headaches without fear of job loss. I have been able to get into test studies as well. I have loved reading other stories from others for suggestions, it has been such a huge source of information. I am so very greatful.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Kate!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Teresa in Texas
    3 years ago

    I have learned that I am not alone. I am not crazy. I am not powerless. This site has given me knowledge, the most powerful medicine you can have to combat any disease/illness. The stories, the comradery, and the joint fight against this invisible disease makes us all a family at migraine.com

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Teresa in Texas!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Momtosocks
    3 years ago

    Congratulations on five years of bringing information to all of us in the migraine community. There have been two illuminating things that I have gotten from reading “Migraine.com.” One was that moment of realizing that I really am “not the only one” who lives in my sunglasses because of my migraines. As I sat in front of my computer looking at pictures of many of the contributors to the forum, I sa so many people wearing dark glasses just like me. And I knew why they were wearing the dark glasses.
    The second big gift I’ve gotten is a better understanding of how migraine is more than just the horrible headache. There are so many other symptoms that are a part of the migraine. Understanding this helps me to not feel like I’m being “Whitney” or “whimpey.”

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Momtosocks!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Amy
    3 years ago

    Happy anniversary! I love this website. I love your soothing gray walls. I love your welcoming community. I love your solid, science-backed information. I love that I’ve learned so much from your site and your social media posts. I love that I don’t feel alone, and I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating, or like I’m just not trying hard enough to be well.

    I’ve been able to share information with my family and my doctors, and I’ve been able to share it with other friends who are migraineurs. I’ve learned about new medications, new research, and new coping techniques. It’s been such a relief to find out that weird physical issues I have might be connected to migraine.

    Migraine.com is a source I feel confident in. I find encouragement here, while also finding support and empathy. If I was designing a resource, this is what it would be (except with more Canadian content :-)).

    Thank you – you rock!

  • MichelleG
    3 years ago

    Congratulations on 5 years of helping so many people! 5 amazing years of helping us find each other, understanding and allowing us to vent or share, educating us as well as our family and friends. Thank you! 🙂

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello MichelleG!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Deirdre2
    3 years ago

    How do I choose what’s best? So many things I’ve shared on Facebook, just to let friends know what I go through, and they tell me often that they are happy to be educated, and didn’t know these things.

  • Elena Scull
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful research and thoughtful insight. I have suffered from chronic migraines since my teens as has my mother and her side of the family and even though I am being followed by two neurologists, until I stumbled upon your page I really had no clear understanding of this illness. Because that’s what this is. AN ILLNESS. It’s not just a headache, it’s a chronic, debilitating, life interfering monster. Through your community I have acquired an enormous amount of information that would have been otherwise inaccessible. I had no idea that my loss of memory were due to my migraines until today! THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Elena Scull!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Sheri
    3 years ago

    Thank you for this community. I have used many of the ideas shared here to help control my migraines and have even shared the ideas with my neurologist. After 38 years of migraines, it’s nice to have a community for support.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Sheri!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Tyvonya
    3 years ago

    Thank you for providing useful information not just for myself, but for everyone that is going through and dealing/suffering from this debilitating illness. I’ve been suffering from them for 21 years now, and they seem to be getting worse. If it wasn’t for two of your articles online,I wouldn’t have known about some of the other symptoms that I’m now dealing with. Keep up the great work, and once again, thank you!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Tyvonya!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • 210r4fe
    3 years ago

    Thank you for all the information. It’s great to know I’m not insane for feeling that “my hair hurts, and my scalp is very tender” during a migraine attack.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello 210r4fe!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Missy Newberry
    3 years ago

    Thank you for providing information and support for people like me, who suffer from migraine and related issues.

  • Sunporch51
    3 years ago

    I am so glad to know that I am not alone in getting all the insensitive comments and sometimes utterly stupid suggestions about migraine headaches. I have been proactive in researching and trying to find a common denominator that might be the cause of my pain. I also find that you have to tell the doctors what they need to try or test they need to do to see if there is anything that can be done for the patient. I pray one day I will be without these headaches and be able to live normally again

  • mammapeaches (Susan McManus)
    3 years ago

    I have learned that I am not alone in dealing with this silent disease. The community has also helped me to learn to soldier on by being my number one advocate!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello mammapeaches!

    Thanks so much for your comment, and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Auburngrl
    3 years ago

    This community keeps me updated on both research and products (thank you Ice Kap!). Mostly, though, it helps this chronic migraineur feel a little less alone and a little more understood. Thank you.

  • grammayumyum
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for your research-based insights and personal stories of coping with migraine disease. I have received far more information from migraine.com than I ever received from all the doctors combined that I’ve seen in my 40+ years journey with migraine (first episodic, then becoming chronic at age 33). I have finally seen a wonderful headache specialist, who began Botox and sphenopalatine nerve block treatments, which have controlled my migraines better than any other time in my life. They aren’t completely gone, but are so well-managed that I am returning to school for my master’s degree at age 57! I may have a life yet!!!

  • Carl
    3 years ago

    Congratulations on 5 years. Some fantastic achievements and benefits you have provided to the global community. Well done and keep going! Best regards,
    Carl from MigrainePal

  • Casingda
    3 years ago

    I was encouraged to make the effort to once again seek treatment from a neurologist, but sought out those who specialize in migraine patients. Interestingly enough, both of the doctors I’ve seen are both migraneurs. I know this gives them the ability to understand what I experience. I also came to realize how many changes my migraine symptoms and patterns have gone through over the years. Reading other people’s posts also changed my perspective on my migraines. As sad as this is to say, there always seems to be someone who has it worse than I do.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Casingda!

    Thanks so much for your comment and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • silverkrystal1
    3 years ago

    Thanks for being such a great source of valuable information and helping us to navigate thought the many obstacles of suffering with chronic migraines.

  • Margo Lecompte
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for existing, Migraine.com community. You have encouraged me to be more upfront about my migraines, instead of dissimulating and hiding the chronic pain condition from which I have been suffering for more than 30 years. I now know there are other people out there who are on the same migraine journey and I feel comforted by their stories. My migraines remain unchanged, but I have changed as a person since I found this community. I have become more confident in raising awareness and sharing information with friends and family (yes, ad nauseam) and, most importantly, I have found new hope for the future.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  • Jess
    3 years ago

    I’m so glad to have found this website. It’s a comfort to know I’m not alone in the ongoing struggle to learn to manage my migraines but it’s even more if one when I’m actually having one and can remember that I’m not the only one.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Jess!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Luna
    3 years ago

    I’ve learned a great deal about migraines and how they can manifest from others here. This is insight that one can only get from people living it. Migraine is such a complex and individual situation that it takes many perspectives to help understand ones own situation. Some of the articles are written in ways that it has helped me educate others around me about what I am going through. They still don’t really get it but at least they have a much better idea. And it helps that it is somebody else writing the information.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Luna!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Jean
    3 years ago

    I love this site! It has helped me to educate friends and family. With the best of intentions they are always making suggestions of how I can be cured… I simply send them links from here and they don’t have to just take my word for it. They have become much more understanding in what it is I am dealing with.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Lillian MacCannell!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Jean!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • grammayumyum
    3 years ago

    Ditto!!

  • Lillian MacCannell
    3 years ago

    Exactly! The site is so educational both for me and for sharing with others. Some of the suggested solutions I receive are useless and impossible – if my brain worked well enough to remember them, I am in too much pain to try it 🙂

  • Jennifer
    3 years ago

    This community has been so valuable to me as a migraine sufferer. There have been so many symptoms that I experience that I either did not realize were related to my migraines or I thought I was just crazy. This community has given me a much broader picture of migraines and encouragement by seeing what fellow members successfully accomplish. Thank you!

  • Eleanor R.
    3 years ago

    I can’t believe you were there for some four years before I discovered you. I’m a 60 year migraineur, chronic for at least the last 15, and I’ve it’s been an enormous relief to find companions on the journey. I’m looking forward to posts on new solutions for our problems, since the old ones aren’t really working. (Right now I’m working on balancing my electrolytes; it’s hard, but I’ve had hints of success.) So here’s to a better 2016 for all of us!!!

  • GiveMeRelief
    3 years ago

    I have learned so much from this Community that I can’t even begin to list everything. A few of the things though are the odd symptoms people can get with migraines, the memory loss and the different food triggers. My doctors have never discussed any of these with me and I have been enlightened by this sight. Also I was feeling crazy because no treatment I have tried has worked so far…I have had a Neurologist send me away saying he doesn’t know what else to do for me. I felt crazy and was wondering if all these migraines were “just in my head”. This Community helped me see I’m not alone…many people are having trouble finding the right treatment and suffer daily like me…this helped me realize I wasn’t crazy! Love this site!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello GiveMeRelief!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • 27q3t2y
    3 years ago

    I am so glad I found you, I have been suffering for 25 years with no relief in site. While mine are not of a curable type it is nice to know I’m not alone. I have learned many new things that explain many things I have always done. Keep up the good work.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello 27q3t2y,

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Angie
    3 years ago

    I love migraine.com for all the support and information it provides. We are not alone!

  • Trena Anderson
    3 years ago

    SUPPORT! Help! Information! Believe it or not we even laugh at ourselves and each other sometimes 🙂 Thank you for being here!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello Trena Anderson!

    Thanks so much for your comment – and CONGRATULATIONS, because you’ve been randomly selected as a winner of the Migraine.com 5-year anniversary prize!

    Please send us an email with your mailing address to: contact@health-union.com within the next week, so we can send you your Migraine.com gift. Thank you for being part of the community!

    All the best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Mtison913
    3 years ago

    Not only did migraine.com completely change my life, it honestly saved me from thinking I was crazy. For years doctors told me I was fine while I was suffering through migraines and thinking all my symptoms (like memory loss, speech issues, tingling in the face and head) were just me going insane. I would hide them and laugh off my slips in conversation. Or start not speaking at all. Knowing that I’m not crazy has lifted a huge dark cloud from me. Thank you. You thank us for being supporters. I thank you and all the members for supporting me and others like me. We’re all in this together and I finally feel like I have placed I belong.

  • grammayumyum
    3 years ago

    I so identify with everything you’ve said here. I thought I was crazy, but now know that my “crazy” symptoms are part of my migraines. It has given me hope to have the info that migraine.com shares.

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