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The Migraine Ninja Oath

MigraineNinja200I want to begin my thanking everyone who suggested additions to our Migraine Ninja Oath. Thank you! The submissions were wonderful. It quickly became obvious that people were thinking along the same lines because many of the suggestions were variations of the same thoughts and principles.

You may wonder why we need a Migraine Ninja Oath. To me, there are two main reasons:

  1. To inspire each of us.
  2. To give us principles to cling to when we feel that Migraine disease is robbing us so badly that it might be winning. It can't win unless we let it. Taking your suggestions to put together our Oath has been very inspirational to me and helped me through a spell of feeling less hopeful than usual.

Without further ado, here is the Migraine Ninja Oath:

I promise to do my best to…

remain hopeful, steadfast, and determined.

always be kind to and supportive of others with Migraine.

respect other ninjas’ journeys.

resolutely advocate for myself and fellow Migraine Ninjas.

be an active partner with my doctor with regards to my care and treatment.

continue to seek knowledge and share it with others.

choose life, joy, and moving forward, regardless of hurdles.

embrace everything I can do, regardless of what I can't do.

choose “can” over “can’t” whenever possible.

be trustworthy when a migraine buddy comes to me in confidence.

be brave, and ask for help when I need it.

do whatever I can to reduce the stigma associated with Migraine.

I will know…

I am bonded with other ninjas even in the isolation of night.

the future will bring help in ways yet unimagined.

everyone has struggles, and I am not alone.

each of us must stand for the stigma to fall away.

I am capable of standing for many Migraine Ninjas stand with me.

 

Thank you also for the many comments I've received supporting this new blog/site. There's more to come, but it's going to take some time to develop. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Namasté,

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Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

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We Must All Move Against Migraine

MAMIf Migraine disease is a big enough part of your life for you to be reading this blog, it's impact on your life must be significant. You're most likely impacted by:

  • the lack of research funding, which results in a lack of effective treatments
  • the debilitating physical impact of the disease
  • the emotionally exhausting social stigma attached to the disease
  • and more

There are people out there working on all of these issues, but it's not enough - yet. Each of us — whether we have one mild Migraine attack a year, or a horribly severe Migraine attack every day — needs to do our part. We need to stand together and Move Against Migraine. The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) recently started an initiative to help us do just that, and it's called Move Against Migraine.

Here's a 60-second public service announcement that the AMF recently recorded:

To tell you more about Move Against Migraine, here's a video from Dr. David Dodick, Chair of the American Migraine Foundation:

 

Let me reassure you that nobody is asking you to do more than you can do. Most of you who are reading this probably have Facebook pages. Many of you have Twitter or other social media accounts. Sharing information about Move Against Migraine via social media is one easy way to participate.

Here's more information from the American Migraine Foundation:

I hope you'll take the time to peruse the materials from the American Migraine Foundation and join me in supporting and participating in their Move Against Migraine initiative. Truly, we must each adopt it as our own initiative if we want it to reach peak effectiveness.

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

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An Important Lesson for a Migraine Ninja

MigraineNinja200Good morning, Migraine Ninjas!

Do you like good quotes? I love them! I've been looking around for quotes that could apply to us as Migraine Ninjas and have found a few. I thing the quote on the image below is very true for us — in many ways...

  • We need to learn our bodies. We can't call our doctors every time we have a Migraine, so we have to make some treatment decisions for ourselves when a Migraine strikes. We can't do that without learning our bodies. Research has shown that Migraine abortive treatments such as the triptans — sumatriptan (Imitrex) rizatriptan (Maxalt) zolmitriptan (Zomig), etc. — work better when used early in a Migraine attack. For many of us, the prodrome phase may be too early to treat, but if we get an aura, some of us benefit greatly from taking our abortive medication during the aura phase. We can't do that unless we've learned our bodies well enough to recognize prodrome and aura symptoms. Here are some helpful links:
  • We also need to learn ourselves intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. This is critical so we know how to deal with ourselves as we live with Migraine disease. We also need this knowledge so we can let other people know how to live with and support us.

What else do you think we need to learn about ourselves? Please feel free to leave a comment below and share. Also, if you have quotes that you believe apply to us as Migraine Ninjas, please feel free to comment ans share those as well.

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Namasté,

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Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

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What's Right for a Migraine Ninja?

MigraineNinja200What's right for a Migraine ninja? Well, what's right for anyone?

Does it sometimes seem as if other people people are always telling you what's right for you? It was that way for me for a long time. On top of that I've tended to be a "people pleaser," wanting to make everyone happy and wanting people to like me.

At some point, I decided that I'm the only one who can truly know what's right for me. I'm the only person who's with me 24/7. I'm the only person who truly knows how I feel — what makes me happy, makes me sad, makes me feel that I have value and am contributing to society.

Realizing that only we know what's right and best for us is part of being a Migraine Ninja. Once we determine what's right and best, then we can go after it. The quote below is perfect for Migraine Ninjas!

Ninja-Quotes-Whats-Right

Namasté,

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Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 


Help Write the Migraine Ninja Oath

MigraineNinja200Yesterday, I talked about What's a Migraine Ninja? Today, I'm asking for your input in writing the Migraine Ninja's Oath. What do you think it should say? What should we promise?

Were you a Girl Scout or Boy Scout? I was a Girl Scout, and I've been thinking about the Girl Scout Law, which says:

I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring, 
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
    respect myself and others, 
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and 
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

So, for the Migraine Ninja Oath, let's start with:

I promise to do my best to

remain hopeful, steadfast, and determined.
always be kind to and supportive of others with Migraine.
continue to seek knowledge and share it with others.

What else should our Migraine Ninja Oath say?

Please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing me through the purple "Email Me" link in the right column or below (depending on how you're viewing this post), or by posting a comment below.

 

NinjaCat150By the way, Binx, my new kitty, says that our pets can be Migraine Ninjas too, so don't forget to consult your pets for ideas. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

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What's a Migraine Ninja?

MigraineNinja200The word ninja is derived from the Japanese characters "nin" and "ja."

  • Nin originally meant persevere.
  • Ja means person.

Ninjas originated over 800 years ago in the mountains of Japan as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called "the art of stealth." They often served as spies, serving in the military. They were trained in concealment, disguise, geography, medicine, and other martial arts. Today's ninjas study ninjutsu for self-defense and physical fitness. Today, the word ninja is also used to describe a person who excels in a particular skill or activity.

A Migraine Ninja is a person who draws on their inner ninja to manage Migraine disease and live a full life.

ANYONE living with Migraine disease can be a Migraine Ninja:

  • people with chronic Migraine who are still searching for effective treatments
  • people who have been successful in getting their chronic Migraine reduced to episodic Migraine
  • people with frequent episodic Migraine
  • people who have only a few Migraine attacks a year

Migraine Ninjas are:

  • hopeful
  • determined
  • steadfast
  • supportive of others
  • seekers of knowledge
  • self-aware
  • generous

Are YOU a Migraine Ninja? If not, are you ready to become a Migraine Ninja?

This site is dedicated to Migraine Ninjas and their needs and wants. Please click the purple "Email Me" button to the right or below (depending on how you're viewing this site) to share your Migraine Ninja story, make suggestions, ask questions, etc.

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

 

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