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Migraine Awareness Month Blogathon is at an end

I would just like to say it has been wonderful to participate in this June's migraine awareness month with Fighting Headache Disorders and everybody else for the blog challenge. It is as always difficult to complete due to migraines cropping up in there but I wanted to get through it. It was great reading other peoples posts and checking out the Twitter feed. It has been a great month. Lots of great information shared. Lots of experiences shares. Lots of great chats as well.

Please check out for great posts by migraine advocates there. There are some awesome ones. I think my favorite posts I wrote were...

Migraine Awareness Month #30 2001: A Space Odyssey: 2001: A Space Odyssey: 
"I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.": Write a letter to a fictional Headache Disorders patient encouraging that person to be kind to him or herself. Use the ways you're too hard on yourself as inspiration.

Migraine Awareness Month #29 Misfits Misfits. (If you live with Chronic Migraine, incorporate it into today's post.)

Migraine & Headache Awareness Month #17 - Mission Impossible. Migraine & Headache Awareness Month #17 - Mission Impossible.

Migraine Awareness Month #11 :Twilight: Twilight: : 
What power of a vampire or werewolf would you like to have to cope with Migraine or another Headache Disorder? ness-month-11-twilight.html

Migraine Awareness Month #5: Steel Magnolias: 
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger" Steel Magnolias: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger": In what ways are you stronger as a result of living with Migraine or another Headache Disorder?ess-month-5-steel.html

Migraine Awareness Month #1: Phantom of the Opera: Phantom of the Opera: What do you hide behind your Migraine/Headache Disorders mask? What do you let people see?

There were some awesome awareness posters out there as well which I shared on my Page, Making Invisible Disabilities Visible,  or the Migraineur Misfits Page. Some of this pics are...

And I participated in the migraine Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest and I won first place. This really meant a lot to me... perhaps because I express myself through my writing. Perhaps because it was really nice to have something good happen at that moment. Either way the poem expresses the battle of chronic migraines to me. The title came about a long time ago in fact from thinking about this constant struggle to maintain a balance that just never lasted... like dancing on a fine blade, knowing if you slip the pain that you will suffer, and you slip and slip and yet try to dance on that edge all the time to function... avoid triggers, take meds at the right time, but don't rebound... just smile and dance. And then fall when balance is lost. There is this discord between how much pain we feel and the fact there is nothing Seen about it... so invisible to others... no wound to show, no blood to be seen. Such a silent, vicious battle. Anyway I'm glad that people enjoy the imagery and can relate to the the words.
Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest - See more at:
Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest - See more at:
Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest - See more at:

Dancing on the Dagger’s Edge
by Nikki Albert
Dance on the dagger’s edge
Feel the slice; cut but not slain
Dance on the dagger’s edge
Prick every nerve with fiery pain

Cut on the dagger’s blade
Fight the battle; war but no victory
Cut on the dagger’s blade
Struggle to survive with no mercy

Stabbed by the dagger’s point
Suffer the agony; pain but no bloodshed.
Stabbed by the dagger’s point
I am slain but not bled.

        © Nikke Albert, 2013
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