Nancy Harris Bonk
Last updated: April 2023
Nancy Harris Bonk is a Patient Leader who has the honor and privilege of working with patients to empower themselves to take an active role in their healthcare. Nancy has lived with migraine disease since her teens.
In 1996, Nancy slipped and fell in her driveway smashing her head and sustaining a traumatic brain injury. The fall triggered unrelenting head/neck pain, changing the course of her life. In addition to chronic head and neck pain, Nancy lives with Sjogren's Syndrome, hypothyroidism, depression, anxiety, intracranial hypertension, and fibromyalgia.
In 2003 Nancy began working on the About.com (now Remedy Health) migraine discussion forum, became a moderator in 2005, and from 2007 - 2013 was a Health Guide and Community Manager at Remedy Health. Nancy joined Health Union’s first site, Migraine.com in 2011, as a contributor/moderator. In April 2011, she founded the Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group, the first local in person migraine and headache disorder support group in Buffalo, N.Y. She was nominated for the 2012 WEGO Health Activist Unsung Hero Award. Nancy joined the U.S Pain Foundation as a Pain Ambassador.
Nancy is the COO/VP of Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with the mission to amplify the voice of the chronic migraine community. She’s a board member of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and serves on the National Headache Foundation's Patient Leadership Council.
Nancy is passionate about working closely with other health advocates and Patient Leaders on projects that create awareness and change, and provides support in the migraine and headache disease community. When she’s not advocating for people with migraine and headache disease, she enjoys baking, orchids, quilting and spending time with family.