Currently, 36 million Americans are living with migraine disease; four million of them have chronic migraine, meaning they have 15 or more attack days per month. There are many different ways you can help spread awareness and stop the stigma of living with migraine disease during Migraine & Headache Awareness Month this June.
“By getting involved in June, you can help so many people dealing with this misunderstood, debilitating condition,” says Katie Golden, a California pain ambassador who has migraine disease. “Every little bit helps.”
Golden is spearheading U.S. Pain’s involvement with migraine and headache awareness. Here is her list of ways to participate next month:
- The U.S. Pain Foundation will bring you one fact a day about migraine disease via social media. When you see these, please share them! The official hashtag is #MHAM.
- The INvisible Project will be releasing a Migraine edition in mid-May. In this magazine, 10 people with migraine and cluster disease are profiled. Each journey is unique, but the struggles and frustrations are universal. Check the website for digital copies, or, to get hard copies, sign up here.
- Migraine.com is currently asking people to fill out their annual Migraine in America survey. You can access the survey here.
- Visit the newly developed migraine section of the Learn about your Pain website to better understand the condition.
- There are also two in-person events occurring in June. One is a patient conference and the other is a fundraiser. Golden will be representing U.S. Pain at both.
American Headache & Migraine Association 5th Annual Patient Conference
When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Where: Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA
Cost: $35 for members, $50 for non-members (includes membership for the remainder of 2017), Travel Scholarships Available
Highlights: Speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Seng, Dr. Barbara Nye, Dr. Elizabeth Loder and Dr. Robert Shapiro
Association of Migraine Disorders Mad Hatter Party
When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Where: The Squantum Association, Riverside, RI
Highlights: Awards gala with keynote speaker, Cindy McCain
Special thanks to ambassador Katie Golden for putting together this information.