Stop faking it, people—you’re giving us a bad name!

This makes me angry!

Figures it’d be something frustrating to get me back here on the blog after such a long absence. When I first read this headline (“Migraines now top excuse for calling in sick,”) I was ready to fill out a comment on the Telegraph’s page. I can hear myself starting to preach now: “You really should have used the word “reason,” not “excuse.” Migraine is a disease, not a…” You guys know the drill.

Imagine my surprise to find out that the word choice in the article title was right on!

If you are a migraine sufferer and are willing to be open with your boss(es), then more power to you: you increase awareness of the disease when you are honest about why you can’t be at work. Yes, there are risks. Yes, that bitter woman in the back might snicker at you yet again and think you’re a wimp who can’t handle a headache. You know what? Screw her! Take care of yourself.

If you are NOT a migraine sufferer, then don’t use our illness as a reason for you to take a vacation day. Admitting that you’re faking it doesn’t really help your case or ours: it just makes people less likely to believe all of us next time they hear the word “migraine.”

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