Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Migraine Poetry - Express Yourself and Raise Awareness

Author and Patient Advocate Teri Robert knows the pain migraine sufferers face each day – she’s been experiencing headaches and migraine attacks herself since childhood. Finding writing therapeutic and wanting to further help those in the migraine community, Robert, in conjunction with The HealthCentral Network (www.HealthCentral.com), are hosting the “Putting Our Heads Together” Poetry Contest 2008.

Now in its seventh year, the contest encourages sufferers to find creative ways to express their pain. “Putting Our Heads Together” is free and will be published on HealthCentral’s MyMigraineConnection.com and Roberts’ HelpForHeadaches.com.

Entries will be judged by MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association (www.migraines.org) and will be collected until April 21. Winners will be announced on April 30, in recognition of National Poetry Month. “This contest started in 2001, and the work submitted has been amazing. Writing can be very therapeutic, as can reading what others have written,” said Robert, who currently educates and supports patients as Lead Expert for the MyMigraineConnection.com community. “Migraine disease and headaches can impact our lives more than many people could ever imagine.” “People coping with migraine disease continue to reach out to one another, forming incredibly supportive communities online,” said Chris Schroeder, CEO and President of The HealthCentral Network. “It’s an honor to provide the forum where users can creatively tell their stories and inspire others.”

Migraine disease affects nearly 36 million people in the United States alone, and at least 80% of the world's population will be affected by tension-type headaches at some time in their lives. Headache disorders cause more than 1 percent of all disability and 9 percent of all lost labor in the U.S. every year.

More information and the online entry instructions can be found on MyMigraineConnection at www.healthcentral.com/migraine/poetry-contest.html.

Why not join in the fun and enter? The deadline for entries is Monday, April 21.


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