You may already know that migraine disease is more common than Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis combined. And despite that fact, it receives a small fraction of the available neuroscience research funding. Not surprisingly there are a very small number of neuroscience researchers who decide to take on migraine as a project, or devote a laboratory or professional lifetime to it. Migraine disease is not getting the attention it deserves; all the while, millions of people are suffering year after year behind closed doors. So here’s a way to increase attention:
June 21st is the longest day of the year, and light can be a powerful migraine trigger. As a result, we thought it would be an appropriate day to express solidarity with those who have to live with this invisible, painful, unpredictable and stigmatized disease. Migraine Solidarity Day is a day to let the world know about this marginalized condition affecting so many people. Let the millions of sufferers know that you care, and you know they aren’t feigning an illness. You know much more needs to be done to find a cure and money must be raised to support research. You want to help give migraine disease the importance and correct classification as a neurological illness it now deserves.
We invite you to participate in the new awareness campaign taking place on Migraine Solidarity Day. Photophobia, or pain experienced from light is common to migraineurs. To recognize this condition shared by migraineurs, a coalition of global migraine organizations and bloggers has come together to promote the campaign – Shades For Migraine (SFM). We are asking you to wear your sunglasses all day long on June 21. They just need to be visible: hanging around your neck, hanging from your shirt or propped on your head are fine if you can’t wear them on your face the entire day. Wear them indoors and in places where people usually don’t wear sunglasses (but be safe). They are symbolic of your support. Take a chance and be silly: wear goofy ones if you dare. Let the sunglasses make a statement. Start a conversation.
Post a photo of yourself (and friends/co-workers) wearing your Shades for Migraine on social media using the hashtag #ShadesForMigraine.
Visit ShadesForMigraine.org for further information, including the list of over 20 groups participating in this campaign.