It is more blessed to give
Sometimes I take my migraine knowledge for granted. Not too many years ago, I was the one searching for answers. In a random twist of fate, I stumbled into the path of a patient advocate who gave me just what I needed. Those early nudges in the right direction set me on a course toward effective migraine management and a passion for sharing what I learned with others.
In the past month, three strangers have reached out for help just like I did over eight years ago. Each woman had lots of practical experience dealing with migraine yet lacked critical information important to her situation. Their search for help led them to someone who could provide the missing pieces and offer additional tips to guide them on their migraine journey.
A red box with a white number 1 appeared next to the Messages link on my Facebook page. I clicked it and began to read the story of a mother desperate to help her teenage son with chronic migraine. She needed help understanding her son’s educational rights before the next 504 Plan meeting. We exchanged a few brief comments and then agreed to a phone call. We spent over an hour one evening going over the intricacies of educational and disability law as well as some basics on migraine management. She still keeps me updated on her son’s health and educational progress.
A few days later, I receive both a text and a Facebook message from one of my best friends. Her mother-in-law had suddenly started getting frequent migraines after years in remission. She asked me to reach out and offer my support. We compared the differences between current migraine treatment and the treatment she recalled from many years ago. Fortunately I was able to send her the names of several board-certified headache specialists within driving distance of her home. Much of our conversation involved a discussion of lifestyle factors that could be triggering her migraine relapse.
When was your last migraine check-up?