Why Migraine Awareness Week is so important
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Migraines are the third most common condition in the world, yet despite being recognised as one of the most debilitating lifelong illnesses, suffers are still not taken seriously and understanding is painfully low. “Oh, you look fine” “It’s just a headache” “Just take some paracetamol and get on with it” I’m sure if you are a migraine sufferer yourself, you’ve had at least one of those things said to you; I know I certainly have. Statements like these are the reason that Migraine Awareness Week is so important and, unfortunately, still very much necessary. Indeed, there is a significant lack of awareness and understanding when it comes to migraines, and how draining it can really be. I was fourteen when I first began suffering with ocular migraines, a rarer type of migraine that only affects between 10-30% of suffers. I wasn’t aware that I actually suffered from the condition until I was seventeen and stumbled upon a vlog by Helen Anders, where she spoke about her struggle with migraines. After three years of just trying to ignore whatever it was, this was my light bulb moment. Since then, I couldn't even begin to tell you how many plans I've cancelled, lessons I failed to attend or lectures I had to leave early; If a migraine is coming on, the day is basically a write-off. Migraines, such as mine, are often dismissed as simply just a headache and are cripplingly misunderstood.
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