I have said it before and I will say it again, I love migraine art. It is so intense and because of that you can feel the pain in the image. Obviously I can relate to it, so I like it, but also I think it perhaps brings awareness to others how much we suffer. Not that I don't think people cannot comprehend just that these sorts of things help. I also like migraine poetry for the same reason. Both of them are excellent mediums. Ones I cannot utilize for certain. I have often mentioned that we need an outlet for our more intense emotions. A way to work them out of our system in a healthy manner. It goes along with one of the most important coping mechanisms: Distraction: hobbies and things we do to activily distract ourselves from pain. And this would be number two: outlet: things we do to work through the emotional toll of chronic pain. Creative arts are excellent outlets. I write a great deal. But my novel writing is not an outlet, it is a hobby so it would be under the distract category. My non-fiction is about FM and migraines most of the time but often not on an emotional level so it does not work through the emotions, it just breaks down the experience in a rational way, which is actually a way I like to cope with things... I like to break them down and understand them. I actually think for me blogging is more of an outlet than anything. I can be real here. I can say real things without worrying that I am worrying others. I can be real and know people will understand what I am going through. I can work through my emotions, get them out, feel them, understand them and it makes me feel better. However you do it, even a personal diary, a little venting and ranting and then analyzing is good. We need to get all that out so we can carry on and it doesn't weight us down like lead. That being said, check out this awesome migraine art! I found it on a Facebook group where they just looked through google images so no idea about artists but I'm sure 3 and 4 are featured in Migraine Expressions... the book I wrote an essay in and can be seen on my left sidebar there (lots of awesome art and poetry in there).