Thursday, January 12, 2012

AHDA Petition Signing Brainstorm Part Two:

It has been a cranky pants kind of day here in my house. My anxiety level is high, my OCD is knocking and I'm extremely depressed. It is not surprising given how difficult my life is right now. But, my husband shared with me something today that lived my spirits and I want to share it with all of you.

My Exciting Story:
As I mentioned in the update to my last post, George had handed out a few of the petition flyers to people who he works with that frequently ask about me. This week, he has continued to do so. What really touched me was when he gave the flyer to his boss. George's boss was shocked that there is so little research being done for Migraines and Headache Disorders. He told George that his mom had Migraines and would frequently hole away in a dark room for days.

His boss entered his office today to hand the flyer back to George thinking it was George's only copy and told George he had signed it. (This brings tears to my eyes.) Again, he said, "With how many people have Migraines, you would think that there would be more research." When George said that he had plenty copies of the flyers, his boss said that he wanted to keep his flyer so he could pass it on to someone else. (*tears*).

Maybe you are thinking: This won't work in my situation. It cannot help to ask! Go to your boss and ask them or just go to your co-worker friends individually. Maybe bring it up while you are discussing your health or if someone asks you how you are or if they can help you. 

Petition Link: HERE
AHDA Flyer Link: HERE

While brainstorming about raising awareness for this petition, I have come up with an idea that I plan on announcing it Monday HERE, so please keep your eyes peeled. I am extremely excited about it.

Let's keep this going! Let's keep brainstorming!

Some Great Things I've Seen Happening:
  • Michelle at HealingYew is going to be putting the petition in the first edition of her January newsletter, New Yew News
  •  Allison from Allison in Migraineland told me that she had made a flyer on her own initiative that she's been putting up all over the area and attached to the bottom the petition address that people could tear off as a reminder.
  • A few people have mentioned that they have asked their Migraine/headache specialists if they would post they flyer. One woman said she took the initiative to fax it to her specialist's office adn they told her they needed to get it approved by legal first.  So it is worth the ask!
  • People are not letting awareness of the petition die on their Blogs, Facebook or Twitter. It is alive and well and I see people make comments on their FB posts saying "I signed." Yes!!
Let's stay positive! Let's stay motivated!  As of this moment, we are at signer number 4301!! Could you or your family member or friend or colleague bring us to 4400...5000...10,000...15,000, our goal of 20,000 and beyond? It may seem like a big number, but it is attainable. 37 million Migraineurs and their loved ones. We've got this one.

We all have a reach. Let's use our arms to reach out to those around us! We are responsible for this. Let's make it happen!

Got some more ideas? Something crazy or something simple? Doing something to promote this petition? Please let me know in the comment section! I love to hear what people are doing.


  1. Kelly, Thanks for the link. I really appreciate it. I'm pretty new to the whole blogging thing so maybe I'm more excited by this than I should be ;-)

  2. Thanks so much for posting this link. We definitely need more research in the field on migraines. I have posted the petition and flyer on my blog. I have also emailed several close friends and asked them to sign as well. Thanks again.