Girl Scout raises migraine awareness

We talk a lot about the need for advocacy to raise awareness and break down stigma. While we all intend to do more, life has a way of taking over. Careers, family, finances, and all the pressures of life can consume all of our migraine-free time. There’s not much left for volunteer activities. Once in a while someone comes along who stands out, setting an example, and lighting a path for us to follow. Sometimes, that person is someone we’d least expect.

While most teenage girls are focused on friends, boys, pop music, clothes, make-up, hairstyles, and that elusive secret to fitting in, Daisy Griffin has a different outlook. Diagnosed with migraine at age 5, Daisy understands the loneliness of growing up with migraine. She was recently diagnosed with Chronic Migraine and spent several days in-patient trying to break the cycle of chronic pain. Her treatments look a lot like yours and mine.  Daisy is also a Girl Scout.

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you will remember that I am a huge fan of Scouting. So when this bright young lady shared her Gold Award project, I just had to pass on the news.  For those not familiar with the Gold Award, it is the highest award a girl can achieve in Girl Scouts. That makes it very similar to Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. A few years ago my son completed his Eagle Scout project. It took a few years of planning and preparation, requiring the kind of leadership skills expected of adults in senior management. For a teenager to accomplish these awards is an impressive feat. Naturally, employers often prefer to hire young adults who have completed these programs because of their work ethic and leadership skills. These kids often get better grades, receive more scholarship funds, and are eligible for an automatic bump in rank if they decide to join the military. I don’t have to know much about Daisy to already be impressed with her.

Her project is to develop a children’s book about life with migraine. She wants to raise awareness and give support to other kids who grow up with migraine. Her plan is to collect artwork and comments from children who have migraine. The book will feature these submissions and provide information about migraine in a way that kids can understand. She wants other kids to know that they are not alone. Once the book is published, she plans to donate the proceeds to migraine research. At just fifteen, she is already a stellar migraine advocate.

Do you know any young migraineurs?

Please share this information and invite them to be a part of this exciting project. They can mail in their artwork and comments or submit them online.

Daisy Griffin
23 Murray Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050


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