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Migraine Advocate Receives Distinguished Service Award from American Headache Society

At the recent 2013 International Headache Congress in Boston, a joint meeting of the International Headache Society and American Headache Society, our own Teri Robert was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the American Headache Society (AHS).

This Distinguished Service Award was given to recognize Teri’s “substantial, meritorious service as an advocate for headache sufferers.” Although as advocates we typically shy away from using the word headache as a blanket term for all Headache Disorders, especially Migraine, among Headache Disorders specialists this is an accepted shorthand.

AHS Award 2013“Teri’s award is indicative of all that she has done for AHS and patients with headache and migraine,” said Elizabeth Loder, president of the American Headache Society. “Without her, there would be no American Headache and Migraine Association. Teri has worked tirelessly to make AHMA a success, and we owe her a tremendous debt of thanks for her efforts.”

I’d like to give you some context for the importance of this award. Teri, Ellen and I are not eligible to be members of the AHS because we are not licensed medical professionals. This holds true despite our affiliation with the organization as members of the ACHE committee and AHMA board. It is almost unheard of for a professional organization like the AHS to give a nonmember an award of any kind. Their choice to do so gives you a window into their recognition and appreciation of the significance of Teri’s contributions.

Like many of us who write here on Migraine.com, Teri’s work in Headache Disorders patient advocacy and education arose out of personal need. Despite living with Migraine most of her life, when she developed Chronic Migraine she couldn’t find the information she needed to be an educated, empowered patient. Starting with this personal need has led her places I know she never envisioned going in her life, but for which many of us are extremely grateful.

It’s easy to be mistrustful of doctors and other health professionals when you’ve had as many negative experiences as so many of us have. But please know that in the AHS organization and leadership we patients have a group of true partners dedicated to bridging the gap between medical professionals and patients. They are working alongside advocates and educators to achieve better outcomes for Headache Disorders and Migraine patients. Their extreme dedication to making AHMA a success is evidence of this, as is this wonderful award they’ve given to Teri.

Please join us in congratulating Teri on this honor.

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Comments

  • taralane
    6 years ago

    Congratulations Teri! This award is richly deserved, and I am so happy that the AHS recognized the “patient” contribution you have made. You are my personal migraineur heroine. Whenever I feel I cannot go on another day, I look to your words for encouragement. Thanks for all you do from all migraineurs – you have made our lives so much better through your efforts.

  • Judy
    6 years ago

    Congratulations to Teri and many thanks to the dedicated bloggers at migraine.com. I’ve had headaches all my life but I’ve only recently discovered this website. You are providing a wonderful source of well-researched information and emotional support. I am sincerely grateful for all of your hard work.

    Judy

  • Teri-Robert
    6 years ago

    Thank you, Diana.

    You’re right that my Chronic Migraines led me places I would never have envisioned. I’m so grateful to and for all the help and support I’ve had from fellow Migraineurs, my own Migraine specialists, and the AHS members who have supported and mentored me.

    Teri

  • Diana-Lee author
    6 years ago

    You’re so welcome! It was my pleasure to celebrate this honor and share it with the Migraine.com community.

  • Cindy Reynolds
    6 years ago

    Congratulations Ms. Teri!

    I’ve gained tremendous insight and knowledge about the entire primary headache patient community through you. Yes, the advocacy and awareness message you share daily is wonderful but what stands out to me is the unity among the patient groups, the care providers and professional organizations.

    Way to go!!!!

  • Teri-Robert
    6 years ago

    Thanks so much, Cindy!

  • Kristina Richard
    6 years ago

    Teri, you are exceptionally great in advocating for and supporting us and also show a tremendous amount of responsibility. Thank you for all you do and have done. Kudos to you.

  • Teri-Robert
    6 years ago

    You’re welcome, and thank you, Kristina.

  • Linda K.
    6 years ago

    Thank you, Teri!

  • Teri-Robert
    6 years ago

    Linda K,
    You’re very welcome for anything I can ever do to help.
    Teri

  • Tim Armand
    6 years ago

    Congratulations Teri for the well-deserved recognition of your tireless efforts on the behalf of headache and Migraine patients!

  • Teri-Robert
    6 years ago

    Thanks, Tim!

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