Friday, June 29, 2012
More Often Than Not: Migraine Awareness Month #29
Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick, entitled her most recent article in Psychology Today: "What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness Don't Want To Hear You Say" in which the first item listed was "Give me a call if there is anything I can do." Using her example that being non-specific when giving support to someone with chronic Migraine is not usually useful, I want to come up with a random act of kindness that is specific.
Though my idea is not creative as I am stealing it from someone else, my random act of kindness that I could do for someone with chronic Migraine is something that a beloved friend of over ten years has done for me. She sends me random hilarious cards...some that only she and I would appreciate the humor. And earlier this year when I was going through a difficult patch with my health, she started sending me cards meant for occasions that she do not apply at all, such as "Happy Personal Assistant's Day" or "Happy Nurses Day" or "Happy 8th Grade Graduation" or "Happy Confirmation Day". How fun to get something else other than a "Get Well" card! :) Her kindness has been the laughter that she brings me but also that she thought enough to take the time to get the card, write in it, and mail the cards all with a baby in tow.
Perhaps I won't start sending "Happy 8th Grade Graduation" cards to my chronically ill friends---they might think I'm looney tunes! But sending even just a paper note, with a fun message in a simple envelope covered with stickers with just enough room for the forty-five cent stamp would be something I could do to lift the spirits of someone with chronic Migraine.
If you are looking for ideas/concrete ways to support a chronically ill friend, the book by Lisa Copen called Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways To Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend has, well, 505 different ideas on how to support someone with chronic illness.
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.