Wednesday, September 10, 2008

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I joined the blogging world not knowing what it would mean for me. I have found the posts of fellow-bloggers helpful and insightful. I have learned so much and opened my eyes to many ideas I never would have thought of before. I also did not realize that there were people out there who could not RESPECT that people do differ in opinion.

In our struggle to understand our diseases, all people with invisible chronic illnesses, including those of us with Migraine, are trying to find out what works best for us. Whether it be medications, relaxation, biofeedback, acupuncture, chiropractic, counseling, crystals, meditation, prayer, physical therapy, exercise or diet, we all are searching how to best manage our illness.

When I joined the internet world, and specifically MMC forums, I found a host of people who are caring, loving and supportive, but who would also light a fire under my behind when I need it. I am so thankful for having these people in my life. The way I handle my migraine treatment has significantly changed for the better now that I know them.

However, these people, my internet family/friends, first earned my RESPECT, not by pushing their view on me and not by condemning me for mine. None of us has the answer to how to treat migraine the best way. So, we realize that we can discuss ideas, inform each other of new techniques, share suggestions and even agree to disagree. If your opinion differs than mine, I most gladly would like to hear it. I welcome suggestions from everyone because I certainly do not "know it all" about Migraine disease. However, neither do you. And once we both realize that and have mutual RESPECT for one another, we can collaborate ideas and find better treatment for ourselves accordingly.

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