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Niagara Falls Goes Purple for Migraine

Chronic Migraine Awareness Day is June 29, 2013

As Migraine and Headache Awareness Month comes to a close, today June 29, 2013, marks Chronic Migraine Awareness Day. We’ve spent the month raising awareness of migraine and headache disorders using the theme, “Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.”  Tonight for a fabulous finish, Niagara Falls will be illuminated  purple and red, which are the official colors of chronic migraine and purple, the official color of migraine disease.

More than 37 million Americans have migraine, which can be so disabling it prevents them from missing work, school, social outings, and family events. According the American Migraine Foundation, migraine is the third most common disorder in the world and the fourth most debilitating disorder among women. In addition, new research has found that chronic migraine has a high level of stigma associated with it, and migraine patients often place stigma on themselves because the disorder is so poorly understood by the public.

Please join me tonight to observe Niagara Falls being illuminated as we continue to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of migraine and headache disorders. The illumination takes place at two separate times tonight: from 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and again from 10:00  p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Thanks for reading,



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  • Dori Fritzinger
    7 years ago

    I get so sick of hearing “oh, you have a headache again” or “can’t you take something to make it go away, then help me do ______ (something they know is a trigger for me)”.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator author
    7 years ago

    Hi Dori,

    As we know, migraine is so much more than a headache, and you don’t even have to have the headache phase to have a migraine!

    If it were true that simply taking “something” would make migraine go away, don’t they think we would be doing that by now?

    I really think if people haven’t had a migraine, they really don’t have a clue how debilitating they can be.

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