Lucky for me, I do not need my awareness heightened, since chronic migraine makes itself quite known to me most days, thank you, and today is no exception.
But for those of you unfamiliar with the condition, Teri Roberts has a terrifically informative post over at Putting Our Heads Together. She also offers a very useful definition of chronic migraine:
Today's National Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge prompt is:
I am a little uncomfortable with this challenge, because to me it feels like a plea for favors, with which I am deeply uncomfortable. If you are interested in suggestions made by other bloggers, you can find them in the posts linked in the comments here.
I think the nicest thing a person could do for a chronic migraineur is try to understand. Knowing the ICHD-II definition is an important start, because then you know that a chronic migraineur is not making this up, that it is not in their head, that they are not exaggerating, and that really this is not something that is going to go away tomorrow.
But beyond that, understanding that there are more days than not that a person might not be their best at work, or might not be up for something fun, or might have to cancel at the last minute (again!), or might not answer their phone, or whatever.
And if you happen to run into that person and they have that horrible scrunched-up look on their face, or they seem spaced out, or you've found them lying on their office floor with the lights off, you might ask if you could bring them a coke, or a snack, or something like that.
The thing is, gestures of kindness need not be large to be very, very appreciated.