During the time I've been working as a patient educator and advocate in the area of Migraine and other headache disorders, one thing we've all been asking for is an awareness color. Breast cancer has pink; HIV/AIDS has red; and so on. But we've never had an "official color."
One of the problems is that there are several nonprofit organizations for Migraine and headache, some of them on pretty equal footing, so nobody could really make the decision. So, since I work with all of those organizations, I talked with representatives from them, and the good news is that we now have an "official" color. Looking at this post makes it pretty obvious that the color is purple. There were two primary reasons for going with purple:
In 2004, a group of Migraineurs did an awareness project selling purple silicone wristbands and donated the profits to MAGNUM.
Catherine Charrett-Dykes has been working on an awareness campaign on Facebook for CHRONIC Migraine, using a purple ribbon with a red stripe.
Another reason I like purple for Migraine and headache is that in crystal healing, amethyst is the healing stone for Migraine and headache.
Since the color has just been "made official," we don't yet have pins, bracelets, and the like available, but I'm sure they will be soon. Such items will make great fundraising projects to raise research $$ for Migraine, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders.
In the meantime, here are some places you can get information and start joining in to raise awareness:
Awareness web site: www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com . This site is one to bookmark since it will be kept updated with links to purple items, awareness projects, and more information as it becomes available.
Add a purple ribbon to your profile picture on Facebook. This will work whether you've changed to the new timeline feature or not. To do this, go to PicBadges .
Also, many thanks to Ellen Schnakenberger, who helped get FightingHeadacheDisorders.com up and running and is helping with the Facebook page as well.
Now that we have our color, I hope you'll join me in wearing it often and using it wherever and whenever possible to show awareness and support. If you use it on your blog or web site, or have suggestions, please let me know!
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