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X-Men – Migraine and Headache Disorders Super Heroes

For Day #2 of this year’s Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge, the prompt/topic is: X-Men: Migraine & Headache Disorders Super Heroes: Who in your life goes above the call of duty and how? I love this prompt!

Having had Migraines since the age of six, and that’s about 52 years now, and having had the privilege of engaging with so many other Migraineurs, I feel very fortunate to have more than one of these super heroes. I want to acknowledge a few, and I’m going to do so in alphabetical order so nobody feels that they’re less important than anyone else…

Migrane Awareness Month

Becky and John Emry, our son and daughter in-law, are Migraine super heroes to me. Becky has Migraines herself, and all three of their children have Migraines. Not only does Becky ask questions and educate herself about Migraine disease, she’s being sure that her children understand Migraines as they grow up. Alexandra has known and understood that Migraine is a disease since she was about eight-years-old. At that point, she’d already started learning about diseases and even neurons in school, so why not start teaching her. Both Becky and John Emry know the signs to watch for in the kids, and it makes me so proud of them, and it’s part of why I see them as not only super heroes, but also as super patients.

David Watson, my current Migraine specialist is magnificent. He’s up-to-date with his knowledge and treatment strategies, and he genuinely cares about all of his patients. He’s so observant that he recognized that my Migraines had progressed to the chronic stage before I did. He also goes to Headache on the Hill every year to advocate on our behalf. Trust me, he’s a great guy to have at your back!

John, my husband, is definitely one of my Migraine Heroes. Even though he doesn’t get Migraines, and seldom even gets so much as a tension-type headache, he absolutely sees and understands what I go through with a Migraine. From wiping my face and neck with a cold cloth when a Migraine makes me sick to injecting me with rescue medications when I’m in seriously bad shape, to driving me long distances to see specialists, he’s always there.

William Young, my first Migraine specialist probably saved my life. You may recognize his name from his recent, unparalleled video on Migraine and Stigma. One of the first things Dr. Young said to me was, “I won’t give up on you if you don’t give up on me.” He kept that promise and more. The only reason I don’t still see him as my Migraine specialist is that he’s eight hours away. Dr. Watson is now my specialist because he’s here in my state, just a couple of hours away.

There are other people in my life I’d consider to be Migraine and headache disorder super heroes:

  • My fellow patient educators and advocates.
  • The wonderful Migraine and headache specialists everywhere. There are far too few of them, but they work hard to care for as many of us as possible.
  • The Migraine and headache patients who suffer so much, yet remain positive and proactive and never give up.

I’m so very fortunate to have these people in my life. Who are your Migraine and headache disorder super heroes? I hope you’ll post a comment below and tell us!

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