Purple Now Stands for Migraine and Headache

Usually, when I write here about Migraine disease, I'm fairly serious. Today, I'm still fairly serious, but it's a different kind of serious. It's a really fun and happy serious.

Since I first started working as a patient educator and advocate 12 years ago, people with Migraines have been asking to have a color to stand for Migraine awareness, We've wanted to be able to reach into our closets and pull out something to wear that was the color to show support, wear one of those silicone wristbands, tack a ribbon or a pin on our lapels, and do all kinds of things that people with other diseases and conditions do to show support, stand up for ourselves and each other, and ... well, I'm sure you follow me here.

Purple for Migraine AwarenessBut there wasn't a color that was recognized to stand for Migraine awareness, or awareness of cluster headaches or any other headache disorder, for that matter. Nothing. What were we? Orphans? It felt that way, didn't it?

One of the problems is that there are several nonprofit organizations that represent us. None of them had ever chosen a color to stand for awareness, and they all use different signature colors in their logos and on their web sites. Plus, with several different organizations, none of them could really choose a color for everyone.

Today, I'm beyond pleased to be able to announce that we can now consider purple to be the "official" awareness color for Migraine disease, cluster headaches, and all other headache disorders. Yes, it's true, finally!

Acting for all of us, I went to the major nonprofit organizations and asked them all to accept purple as our awareness color. Here are the reasons, I asked them to accept purple:

  1. In 2004, a group of Migraineurs had an awareness project selling purple silicone wristbands, the profits from which went to MAGNUM.
  2. On Facebook, Catherine Charrett-Dykes has been working to promote chronic Migraine awareness with a ribbon she created. It's a purple ribbon with a red stripe.

The following nonprofit organizations agreed and have endorsed purple as the awareness color for Migraine and all headache disorders:

  • The American Headache Society (AHS)
  • Clusterbusters
  • MAGNUM (The National Migraine Association)
  • The Migraine Research Foundation (MRF)
  • The National Headache Foundation (NHF)
  • O.U.C.H (The Organization for Understanding Cluster Headache)
  • The PFO Research Foundation

Purple, purple, purple!

Some of you are going to ask where you can get wristbands, bracelets, pins, and more. Please be patient. This just happened, and they're not yet available, but they will be soon. As items become available, I'll post and update you, I promise!

In the meantime...

If you have a Facebook page and would like to add a purple ribbon to your profile picture, you can do so through PicBadges where Ellen and I already have set it up for you so it's easy.

A new web site has been launched to promote Migraine and headache awareness, FightingHeadacheDisorders.com. The site is also new and just getting started, so you can expect more to be added to it on a regular basis. Ellen and I are both working on this, and we'll be doing our best to make the site a resource for all things purple and Migraine aware.

I hope you're as happy and excited about this as we are!

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