Stand Up and Stand Together Against Migraine

Migraine might be invisible, but the men, women and children living with this disease every day are not. It is time we all stand up, and stand together to bring migraine out of the darkness. The American Migraine Foundation invites the over 1 billion people worldwide living with migraine to join in the fight against this disabling disease, because when we stand together, no one stands alone.

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Are you passionate about helping people with migraine? Ambassadors act as junior moderators for our Move Against Migraine Facebook group by sharing doctor-verified resources.
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Every person with migraine has a story to tell, and we want to hear yours. Your story could be featured on our website and social media accounts. Your story has the power to inspire others and remind them that they are not alone. 
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Advocacy Projects From the Emerging Advocate Program

People with migraine are taking ownership of advocating for themselves and others through the Emerging Advocate Program. Here are some projects that our Emerging Advocates created in 2021:

  • Empowering College Students Living With Migraine
– a two-phase plan to help students with migraine get the appropriate accommodations
  • #WhatAboutMe
- a social media initiative to raise awareness of the inaccessibility issue of FDA-approved migraine-specific medications
  • Migraine in the ER
- a project to ensure a more compassionate treatment to migraine patients in the ER

We are excited to see what projects our Emerging Advocates think of this year.

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The Importance of Advocacy

Learn more about the different types of advocacy that patients, caregivers and physicians can practice to move against migraine.

  • Migraine Advocacy for Patients and Physicians

    Learn how patients, caregivers and physicians can advocate and move against migraine.
  • Recapping the Emerging Advocate Program 2021

    In 2021, the Emerging Advocate Program brought together 25 migraine patients from 17 U.S. states to help them become advocates in the migraine and headache space. Here’s what their advocacy journey looks like.
  • Migraine Advocacy Projects by the Emerging Advocates 2021

    From one-on-one conversations to federal-level discussions, our Emerging Advocates are taking concrete actions to raise migraine awareness. Learn about some migraine advocacy projects that they created in 2021.
  • Practicing Migraine Self-Advocacy

    Many people who live with migraine suffer in silence, hiding their pain and discomfort. But you don’t have to. Here’s how you can practice migraine self-advocacy and help us bring this disease out of the darkness.
  • How to Start the Conversation about Migraine

    Have you ever wanted to tell someone about migraine, but didn’t know where to start? Here are some tips for starting the conversation.
  • Picture Your Life Without Migraine

    What would your life look like without migraine?
  • How to Prepare for Your First Visit with a Headache Specialist

    Setting up an appointment with your doctor of headache specialist is advocacy. Here's how to make the most of your first meeting with a specialist.
  • Stolen Moments

    We asked several members of our community how migraine has impacted special moments in their lives.

Spotlight on Emerging Advocates

Read about all the ways our Advocates and graduates of the Emerging Advocate Program are raising awareness for migraine.

  • Terri Battenburg

    Terri Battenburg

    "Advocacy work has helped too. I’ve partnered with the American Migraine Foundation to raise greater awareness around living with migraine, as well as the need for more research funding. I do a lot of personal research on migraine and regularly go to my doctor with a list of questions about what we should be doing to better understand this disease."
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    Brandy Hartley

    "If my kids want to, I let them sit in on calls with my doctor or come to appointments with me. If they have a question for my doctor, I invite them to ask. Sometimes my kids even remember my symptoms more accurately than I do. Just recently, my daughter spoke up during an appointment to mention a symptom that I actually had forgotten about."
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    Danielle Fancher

    Danielle Newport Fancher, 34, first started getting migraine attacks when she was 16. Then, in October 2013, when she was 25, she developed intractable migraine, which is classified as having a migraine attack lasting more than 72 hours. She describes it as feeling like she woke up one day with a migraine that just never fully went away.
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    Rachel Bennetts-Wu

    "When I was growing up, I felt like I didn’t know anyone else who had migraine. But now there are more and more resources, and it’s getting better every year."
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    Joe Coe

    Joe Coe educates others on migraine through his podcast Talking Head Pain. There's so much help and support out there, he says.
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Understanding Advocacy

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Taking Action

Find the tools and resources to help advocate for yourself, your loved ones and your community. All of the American Migraine Foundation’s guides are free to download, doctor-verified and designed with patients in mind.

  • talking-to-your-doctor-about-migraine

    Talking to Your Doctor about Migraine

    Your head hurts constantly. You can't explain the accompanying symptoms. You suspect you have migraine. It's time to talk to your healthcare provider. This guide will help you start the conversation with your doctor so that you receive the care you need. From setting goals to describing pain, this guide maps out the conversation with your doctor.
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  • how-to-support-migraine

    How to Support Someone with Migraine

    You don't have to be a neurologist to know how to support someone in your life who is living with migraine. There are several ways to show your loved one living with migraine that you're there for them on the good days and the bad.
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    Migraine at Work

    Each year in the United States, 113 million workdays are lost due to migraine. We outlined the series of steps you need to take to make sure the conversation you have with your boss about your migraine is a positive experience and results in a solution that works for everyone.
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  • seeking-medical-help-migraine

    Seeking Medical Help for Your Migraine

    A headache specialist can become an important member of your support team from diagnosing your specific kind of migraine to creating a custom treatment plan. Our introductory guide will help you determine if it's time to make your first appointment, when you should go and what you can do to prepare for your visit.
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    How to Provide Accommodations for Children with Migraine at School

    Dealing with pediatric migraine can significantly affect a child's ability to focus in class and keep up with their peers. However, a few key accommodations can make a big difference, helping the child manage their migraine and allowing them a chance to thrive. Our guide offers tips to help parents and schools work together to offer the best possible experience for children living with migraine.
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Are you ready to Move Against Migraine?

If you or someone you love is living with migraine, we’re here for you. Join our online community dedicated to providing patients and advocates with support, doctor-verified resources and the tools to find healthcare providers in your area.