Join me for the Migraine World Summit, April 15-20, 2016!
Last month, a fellow named Carl Cincinnato sent me an email asking if I’d be interested in doing a video interview for the first Migraine World Summit, a first-of-its-kind virtual gathering he is hosting April 15-20, 2016 (which will then remain accessible online). Though I’m not exactly well known in the world at large, I do have a lot of people in the migraine world who are familiar with my writing and advocacy, which means I get approached fairly often about opportunities to write and speak. Because I value my time very much and have to keep a good work-life-home balance, I end up saying no to opportunities about 90% of the time, even when in my heart I want to respond with a resounding, “Yes! Sign me up!” My life is a lot better when I’m not overcommitted, but as someone who wants to be active and giving of her time and talent, it’s hard to say no—but if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t have any healthy energy or time at all, so I know why I have to make the choices I do.
So when Carl approached me about the Migraine World Summit, I immediately thought, “Nope!” After looking at the list of speakers already slated to be a part of the summit, I admit I was feeling a little intimidated and under-qualified. There are over thirty migraine thought leaders (from world-renowned experts to advocates to leaders of nonprofits and more), and I wasn’t sure what I could contribute. Instead of saying an immediate no, I asked Carl for more information and he gave a thoughtful and compelling reply. While focusing on the fact that he didn’t want to pressure me to do it and that there’d be no hard feelings if I declined, Carl emphasized that he thought my personal story, especially as it relates to being a chronic migraineur who runs a business while also dealing with autoimmune issues, would resonate with virtual attendees.
I felt encouraged and challenged at the same time. I felt nervous and excited. Whenever I have this particular combination of emotions, I know that—if I’m feeling good enough—I need to say yes to the challenge that has me thinking this way. I have always felt empowered after completing these challenges and have never regretted saying yes.
So I signed up. The day of the interview, which would be recorded during the evening my time, I suddenly got very nervous. I prepared a little bit, looking over the questions that had been sent to me, but mostly I procrasti-cleaned. My bathroom got shiny and my office was more organized and appealing than it’s been in months. I am nothing if not a procrastination queen.
Once the call started and I got to see Carl face to face, I felt at ease, especially when Carl mentioned that he, too, is a migraineur. He emphasized that I shouldn’t fret if I made mistakes or had hesitations or other verbal issues—he wants the audience to have a genuine depiction of how hard it can be sometimes for migraineurs to find the right words. I think I did okay (I was migraine-free, thankfully), but getting explicit permission to mess up made me feel much calmer. We ended up having a really great conversation, and I sure do hope you’ll watch my interview, which will be live on the summit Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 PM EDT.
You can join this free online event by claiming your complimentary ticket right here. You’ll have questions about how the summit will work, but rest assured the email you’ll receive after you sign up has all the information you need to know how to access the content during and after the summit. I love that you can watch from the comfort of your own home (your own bed, even)—no need to make travel plans, worry about that guy next to you in the audience who bathed in aftershave, or panic if a migraine attack makes it so you can’t attend virtually the very minute you want to.
I plan on attending/watching as many interviews as I can, and I hope you’ll join me.
And, because I always like to hear from you all, here are my questions for the day! 1, Have you ever attended any kind of migraine convention/workshop, either “in real life” or online? Tell us about it! 2, Do you think that virtually attending any of these Migraine World Summit sessions with a loved one (i.e., watching them together on a laptop in the comfort of your own home) might help you both understand your illness better? Why or why not would you think about doing that?