The Headache Disorders community observes Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) each June in the United States. The goal of MHAM is to build awareness, educate the public, and reduce the stigma associated with Migraine Disease, Cluster Headaches, and other Headache Disorders.
The theme for this year's awareness month is Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. This wonderful theme holds great potential to help reduce the profound stigma associated with Migraine and other Headache Disorders. People tend to fear or ridicule what they don't understand, and that's a big part of the stigma faced by people with these disorders.
To address this theme, Ellen Schnakenberg, Diana Lee, and I hereby issue a challenge to all bloggers who live with any of these disorders, care about someone who does, or have an interest in them. In setting the Blog Challenge prompts we did our very best to avoid a singular focus on Migraine and be as inclusive of all Headache Disorders as possible.
How the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge works:
- The idea behind the Blog Challenge is for participants to write blog posts using these prompts as inspiration as many days during the month as you can, bringing your unique perspective to each prompt.
- Each day in June we'll post that day's challenge prompt - the topic to blog on for that day - in a new blog post here on FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.
- Each day, after you post your blog entry, come back to this blog, find our blog post with that day's prompt, and post the link to your blog post as a comment to our post.
When you Tweet the link to your blog entries please add the hashtags #MHAM, MHAM13, and #MHAMBC and retweet other Tweets you see with those tags.
We would appreciate it if you would add this at the end of each of your Blog Challenge posts:
June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.
The blog posts created as part of this Blog Challenge should not only do a great job of addressing this year's theme, but also be a lot of fun to write and read. We're anxious to start reading your MHAMBC posts!
To give you a preview and help you plan ahead, here are the 2013 Blog Challenge prompts:
- Phantom of the Opera: What do you hide behind your Migraine/Headache Disorders mask? What do you let people see?
- X-Men: Migraine & Headache Disorders Super Heroes: Who in your life goes above the call of duty and how?
- The Hunger Games: "Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor": What healthy habits have you adopted to put the odds of better Migraine & Headache Disorders management in your favor?
- Finding Nemo: "Just keep swimming": How do you keep going in life when Migraine or another Headache Disorder deals you a difficult set back?
- Carousel: You'll Never Walk Alone.
- Premonition: Where would you like to see treatment options for Migraine & Headache Disorders go in the future?
- Pretty Woman: What do you do to look good when you feel like crap?
- Little Shop of Horrors: "Feed Me, Seymour": What comfort foods do your reach for when you have a Migraine or Headache attack?
- Mama Mia: Money Money Money: How does living with Migraine or another Headache Disorder impact your financial situation?
- Ocean's Eleven: Who's part of your Migraine/Headache Disorders care team? What essential roles still need to be filled?
- Twilight: What power of a vampire or werewolf would you like to have to cope with Migraine pr another Headache Disorder?
- The Box: You are the experiment: What situation in your Migraine/Headache Disorders treatment has made you feel most like a guinea pig or lab rat?
- Sophie's Choice: What are the toughest treatment choices you face when balancing Migraine/Headache Disorders with other health conditions?
- Letters to Julia: Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you.
- Harry Potter: Write & name a spell for getting rid of a Migraine/Headache attack.
- Riverdance: Have you found a way to work exercise or movement into your life with Migraine/Headache Disorder? What is it?
- Mission Impossible
- Die Hard: "Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho": Devise a make-believe weapon to blast Migraine/Headache Disorders out of your life.
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Migraines & Mojo: How has living with Migraine/Headache Disorders affected your sex life?
- Star Trek: Generations: What role do Migraine/Headache Disorders play in your family history? Do others live with it? Does this make a difference in how you talk about it?
- Walk the Line: How do you balance the need to avoid your Migraine/Headache Disorder triggers with the equally powerful need to enjoy the things that give your life meaning?
- Bruce Almighty: How does spirituality and/or religion help you cope?
- Risky Business: Each time you try a new treatment you take a risk. How do you initiate a discussion with your doctor so you can make an educated decision about trying it as a team?
- Lincoln: Who's your favorite historical figure who lived with Migraine or another Headache Disorder?
- Men in Black: Migraine Neuralizer: How do you cope with the way Migraine/Headache Disorders can impact our memories?
- Anger Management: Goosefrabba: How do you constructively deal with the anger and resentment that arises as a result of living with Migraine/Headache Disorders?
- Saturday Night Live: How does humor help you cope?
- Misfits. (If you live with Chronic Migraine, incorporate it into today's post.)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.": Write a letter to a fictional Headache Disorders patient encouraging that person to be kind to him or herself. Use the ways you're too hard on yourself as inspiration.
If some of those prompts don't inspire you, feel free to use one of these alternate prompts:
- Evita: Don't Cry for Me Argentina: We don't want to be pitied, but we aren't always open about telling people how they can help us. How would you like to be helped?
- Definitely, Maybe.
- Steel Magnolias: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger": In what ways are you stronger as a result of living with Migraine or another Headache Disorder?
- Temple Grandin: "A school bell sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears": Many of us have wondered to ourselves, must you live so loudly? How do you cope with phonophobia (noise sensitivity)
- Eat Pray Love: Share your favorite Migraine trigger-free recipe.
We've prepared an Awareness Month Information Page where you can:
- Find more information about Awareness Month activities and events;
- Download a list of the Blog Challenge prompts, Awareness Month logos, Blog Challenge logos, and other materials;
- Find Twitter hashtags;
- Learn more about the MHAM Photo Challenge; and
- Much more.
Diana, Ellen, and I hope you'll join us in observing Migraine and Headache Awareness Month and in this Blog Challenge!Follow me on or
© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated May 20, 2013.