The Faces of Migraine began as an idea in early 2012. It took nearly a year to accumulate the photos and video needed to tell this story. There are no words of thanks sufficient to impart to volunteers who have helped create this piece of awareness and those projects that will follow.
Migraine and Headache disorder patients are all around us. They stand next to us in the grocery line, they live on our blocks, they work in our offices and buildings. You probably won't be able to tell who they are, and you most likely have no idea what they live with, unless disaster strikes.
The only names you will find used here will belong to those who have lost their lives to these devastating diseases and disorders. Due to the socially acceptable stigma and misinformation most people believe, patients keep silent about their struggles. They are stoic because they feel they have no choice.
Only a single person in the video is not a Migraine patient. She faded out because she didn't belong with the patients there. I've given you some clues - can you pick her out from all the other people? Probably not, and that's our point.
We chose two patients lost to Migraine - one during the filming process itself. There are many ways Migraine can result in death. Accidents, drug reactions, accidental overdoses, and strokes are just some of the ways patients lose their lives in ways not normally attributed to their disease. Now you know the saying "pain never killed anyone" is untrue. Moreover, if you have Migraine, you are more likely to have other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease that may take your life as well.
This is an educational video. The facts presented are some of those discussed with Migraine and Headache specialists, advocates, patients and legislators at the 2013 Headache on the Hill in Washington, DC. Sign up for the Newsletter to receive updates on the next Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy initiative and other patient activities, and join the American Headache and Migraine Association to connect with those affected by these disorders.
The song "I Need a Miracle" by Third Day helps to tell the story of too many patients and their families. You can purchase this song for your own inspiration, and help the American Headache and Migraine Association by using the link.