First Winner Announced For Chronic Migraine Awareness Campaign
Patrice Johnson is the first winner of the "Rewrite Your Day" educational campaign for Chronic Migraine sponsored by Allergan Inc., The National Headache Foundation and HealthyWomen. This is a national promotion hoping to bring awareness to the disabling and burdensome issue of Chronic Migraine. There will be 15 winners selected to represent the number of Migraines as defined for Chronic Migraine; 15 or more days a month with headache lasting four hours or longer a day. The project is a wonderful opportunity to bring attention to Migraine and Chronic Migraine.
Mrs. Johnson of Prairieville, Louisiana has been experiencing Chronic Migraine for the last 15 years. She is an executive assistant and former member of the Louisiana National Guard, suffering from Chronic Migraine more than 15 days a month. She has missed out on numerous activities, but was devastated when the wedding she carefully planned was ruined by yet another Chronic Migraine.
- “Chronic Migraine has forced me to miss out on so many things, big and small, but nothing more important than my wedding day,” said Ms. Johnson, a former member of the Louisiana National Guard who is active in nonprofit and community youth activities in her area. “I spent months perfecting every detail - from the original centerpieces to the homemade food - so not being able to enjoy my wedding day was beyond disappointing. I even wrote personal vows, but I rushed through them at the altar since the migraine made it uncomfortable to read. I am so excited to be a “Rewrite Your Day” winner and have the opportunity to recreate this special day with my husband orchestrated by an event planner like Mindy Weiss – I will have the chance to live the fairytale moments I had always dreamed of.”
Patrice Johnson will be able to "rewrite" her day, why don't you? Are you a Chronic Migraineur who missed out 0n a special day or event? Let's hear about it! Maybe you don't have an event but rather, Chronic Migraine has prevented you from completing a project, like re-doing your bathroom? Can't finish the landscaping because of Chronic Migraine? Why not share these stories and enter the contest. Any event, job or celebration that Chronic Migraine has prevented can be rewritten! You have till the end of the year to enter, and you can do so at Rewrite Your Day.
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© Nancy Harris Bonk, 2011.
Last updated December 19, 2011.