In the meantime, I have had a number of amazing opportunities. The first one was to attend the Second Annual American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA) conference in Los Angeles. I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it was to spend time with so many of my virtual headache buddies in real life and how much encouragement I received just by being a part of them. I also had the opportunity to listen to world class experts in the area of Headache and Migraine management speak about their hopes and dreams for the treatment of Headache and Migraine disorders during the conference, as well as about new treatments and research in these areas. I particularly found Dr. Andy Charles' talk about Cortical Spreading Depression and Migraines fascinating! Trust me, you don't want to miss out on our third conference in Washington D.C. next year! It's going to be even bigger and better!
On a personal note, I particularly enjoyed reuniting with one of my best buds from junior and senior high (Marie Sandusky) when she attended the conference to look for ways to help her adolescent son who suffers from Migraines. Neither of us looked (or acted) a day older! :) In addition, I had the fun of rooming with two of my Migraine Heroes - the reigning queens of Migraine Advocacy - Teri Robert and Ellen Schnakenberg. Like the kid who puts their textbook under a pillow trying to learn by osmosis, I just tried to absorb some of their collective wisdom by being that close to them for a week!
I also had a few hours to take in Hollywood and Disneyland - both a challenge and a delight for me as a chronic Migraine sufferer!