What Would You Say on Capitol Hill?

The burden of Migraine on society is huge. The burden of Migraine on patients and those they interact with is also profound. Now imagine you’re in Washington DC knocking on the door of a legislator who doesn’t know anything about Migraine Disease other than it’s a “headache”… As only one of some 60 million Migraineurs who will experience an attack this year in the US, what would you tell them to convince them more funding is needed for Migraine research?

Headache on the Hill is an initiative of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA). This year it is being held just prior to the 53rd annual scientific meeting of the American Headache Society which is occurring during the first few days of June — aka National Migraine Awareness Month.

This is the first year I will have the opportunity to attend Headache on the Hill, and I am SO excited! There are many, many things we can actively do to help with awareness activities in our everyday life, and while I make it a point to put my money where my mouth is — I actively write my congresspersons and have met with state legislators in the past — I cannot deny the awesome responsibility I’m feeling as I write this.

In a few days I’ll be standing at our Nation’s Capitol, talking face to face with the people who hold the future of Migraine research in the palms of their hands. In doing so, they hold my future and the future of my children right along with it. They hold your future too, as well as the future of every person who participates on our website here. This is my chance to ACTUALLY DO something that makes a tangible difference for those 60 million people.

60 million.

My knees are shaking…

While I am excited, I am also concerned. I want to know what you would want to say if you had 30 seconds in my body – to use my voice and this fabulous opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of us all.

Would you try to make them understand Migraine Disease? How?

Would you pump your fist and get riled up at the staggering statistics of Migraine disability?

Maybe you would grasp their hand an extra second and say something equally as profound as our disease?

Would you tell them a story to illustrate what Migraine Disease and its impact on society?

What would you say… if you were me?

I may not have the opportunity to use your words — I don’t know what these visits will bring, and this will be my first Headache on the Hill adventure — but let’s generate some conversation about our disease and where our priorities are.

Here’s your chance — you’ve got 30 seconds… and the clock is ticking…

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