National Migraine Awareness Month in the USA – Blogging Challenge

June is designated as National Migraine Awareness Month in the USA  – whilst the UK awareness week will run from 2nd – 8th of September this year – this is a global problem – we all suffer together…

The USA theme for this year is “help make migraines visible!” 

AwarenessMonth2012BC2One way you can help is by taking part in the bloggers challenge set up by  www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com. who have set up a list of topics for each day of the month for all to blog on. If you are not a blogger you can still take part – by reading, liking and sharing the various blogs which will appear over the month.

Please feel free to use the image here, the badge for the challenge.

Here are the prompts:

  1. Migraine Awareness Month #1: Your First for the First. Share the story of your first Migraine, what it was like, if you knew what it was, what you did, how you felt.  
  2. Migraine Awareness Month #2:  Tea for Two. If you could invite someone (any living person) to your home for tea for the purpose of explaining Migraine disease to them so they would truly understand it, who would it be and why?   
  3. Migraine Awareness Month #3:   Just shoot me now! What’s your worst Migraine trigger? Can you avoid it? How do you handle it?  
  4. Migraine Awareness Month #4:  “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!” What’s the best tip you can offer others for having some summer fun despite Migraines?  
  5. Migraine Awareness Month #5:   “Do That To Me One More Time.” What comfort measure do you find helps you enough during a Migraine that you go back to it again and again, and how do you use it?  
  6. Migraine Awareness Month #6:   Name That Tune! Choose a theme song for Migraine disease or your headache disorder. See if you can find a YouTube video of it for your blog post.  
  7. Migraine Awareness Month #7:   List Topper. There are lots of myths and misconceptions about Migraine. Which one tops your list as the biggest and most common? What can we do to get the truth out there? 
  8. Migraine Awareness Month #8:  “Let there be light.” Most Migraineurs have issues with light sensitivity. What do you do to cope with it?  
  9. Migraine Awareness Month #9:  “Day Dream Believer.” Describe your dream day – without a Migraine to hold you back.  
  10. Migraine Awareness Month #20: Name the Spokesperson.Choose any celebrity to represent Migraine (whether they have Migraine or not) who would it be and why? 
  11. Migraine Awareness Month #11:  “Say What?!” What’s the most ridiculous thing ever said to you about Migraines, who said it, and under what circumstances?  
  12. Migraine Awareness Month #12:  “Let’s Do the Monster Mash!” Choose a movie monster that reminds you of your Migraines and tell us why.  
  13. Migraine Awareness Month #13: “You Are Beautiful.” Write yourself a love letter. Tell yourself how wonderful you are. Remind yourself of the things you have accomplished despite Migraines. There are times when we need to be reminded of the good things about ourselves that others see that we may have missed.  
  14. Migraine Awareness Month #14:  “Live Long, and Prosper.” Come up with a short, simple phrase or sentence that could be used when saying “Hello” or “Good-bye” that expresses your wishes for fellow Migraineurs.  
  15. Migraine Awareness Month #15:  Free Blog! Blog an a Migraine related topic of your choice.
  16. Migraine Awareness Month #16:  “Lead, follow, or get our of the way.” Which role fits you and why? 
  17. Migraine Awareness Month #17:  “Father Knows Best.” Some understand Migraines, some don’t. Write a letter to your father or the man closest to, and talk about your Migraines.  
  18. Migraine Awareness Month #18: “The Price Is Right.” What one thing would you do for the Migraine community if money were no issue.  
  19. Migraine Awareness Month #19:  “The Match Game.” Describe your perfect doctor to treat your Migraines.  
  20. Migraine Awareness Month #20:  “Run, Forrest, Run!” Describe the approach you think is best when it’s time to more on to a new doctor.  
  21. Migraine Awareness Month #21:  “Shaking in My Boots.” What’s your biggest Migraine related fear. How do you cope with it?  
  22. Migraine Awareness Month #22:  “The Game Changer.” Tell us about a time your plans changed due either an unexpected Migraine or an unexpected Migraine-free experience.  
  23. Migraine Awareness Month #23:  “I Drank the Kool-Aid!” We all try things out of desperation, even when our common sense is telling us they’re not going to do anything. Share your experience with this.  
  24. Migraine Awareness Month #24:  “Dear Genie.” Put together a wish list for your life.  
  25. Migraine Awareness Month #25: “Through My Children’s Eyes.” Write a letter to yourself from your children.  
  26. Migraine Awareness Month#26: “From the Outside Looking In.” Write about what you think your family, friends an others think a day in life, a day with Migraine disease, is like.  
  27. Migraine Awareness Month #27: “In my Head and Heart.” Who inspires you to keep trying and not give up, despite your Migraines?  
  28. Migraine Awareness Month #28: “Lights, Camera, Action.” Pick a movie character you can identify with, talk a bit about them and why you identify with them.  
  29. Migraine Awareness Month #29: “More Often that Not.” Today is Chronic Migraine Awareness Day. People with chronic Migraine have a Migraine more often than not. Think of and share a random act of kindness that you could do for someone with chronic Migraine.  
  30. Migraine Awareness Month #30: Blogger’s Pick. Choose your favorite blog from any of this month’s prompts from someone else’s blog to share with us and tell us why it’s your favorite.  

And a few extras – If you find yourself stumped by any of the prompts, here are three extras. You can substitute them for any three of the regular prompts:

  • Migraine Awareness Month:  “I learned the hard way…” We learn a great many things the hard way, through experiences that are often difficult and unpleasant. Of all the things you’re learned the hard way, what sticks in your mind the most?
  • Migraine Awareness Month:  “Carpe Diem, You Betcha!” Tell us about a time when you truly seized the day.
  • Migraine Awareness Month:  “A Guy and a Girl Walk Into a Bar…” – Tell us your most amusing Migraine Story

Please Tweet your blog entries with the hash tags #NMAM and #NMAMBC and retweet others you see with those tags. They also ask if you would add this at the end of each post:

“National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.”
Happy blogging
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