Miles for Migraine virtual walk and race dates 2017

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In June, I did a virtual challenge to raise money for Miles for Migraine.  “Miles for Migraine is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Miles for Migraine produces fun walk/run events, typically 2 mile walk and 5k and 10k race to raise money for migraine research. We also host youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders.”

I made the goal of raising $300 for the 3 years I’ve been blogging and I’m happy to announce we met that goal and exceeded it!  Thank you to those who donated!  Migraine is terribly underfunded and every dollar goes a long way towards fellowship programs for training new doctors as well as research. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

For those of you that missed the fundraiser and would like participate yourself, I have a few more opportunities for you.

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Philadelphia                October 7, 2017

Washington, DC             October 15, 2017

Virtual Race                       Anytime!

 

Keep moving!  I have more race dates coming for Runnin’ for Research in which I participated last year.  I hope you are motivated to take one step at a time and each day get a bit stronger.  As a chronic migraineur, I feel like one day I step forward, the next I’m knocked back down .  The most important thing is that I take that step forward again…..

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Running for Research and Icing with Migraine

runnin' for research. actually walking...

runnin’ for research. actually walking…

Last weekend my family moved for Migraine Research through American Headache Migraine Association.  We virtually ran for the Morgantown run but if you missed it, you can still participate in the run in Lousiville on October 17th.    My family are not runners but we chose to donate and move.  Here I am on the treadmill.  It was a cold and rainy day and I didn’t run, but I walked on the treadmill.

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My men doing some pull ups

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my kids doing downward dogs with my favorite dog in the background

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My in laws riding their bikes on vacation

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin' for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin’ for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Having support and giving money for research felt great but working out doesn’t come without some sort of aches and pains.  Both my mother in law and husband have had knee surgery and need to ice after they have exercised.  I am a huge user of ice therapy for my head and ice helps my husband control swelling in his knee.

 

Disclosure: “I have been given Flexi Kold as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“

Fortunately, he was able to use Flexi Kold.  Flexi Kold was sent to me for a review and my husband is a perfect person to try it.  He likes the large surface that it covers and how you can conform it to the knee.  It is a polygel product with a money back guarantee.  There are many different types including the standard size, half size, neck contour, oversize and more.  He really likes that it is cold yet he is able to put it on his skin without a barrier in between.  While he enjoys that, he has found that it doesn’t stay cold that long and wishes it could be used for a lengthier amount of time.  On the picture on the right you can see that he had a towel under his knee and thrown up on the couch.  When he uses Flexi Kold, he wraps a towel around the ice pack and likes it’s flexibility to cover the entire knee.

So I encourage you all to move on Oct 17th runnin’ for research through AHMA or for whatever other reason you have.  Remember to take it at your own pace and in your own way.  Ice and take care of yourself!

Migraine Awareness Month 2015

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Money raised for Migraine Research Foundation through Jamberry fundraiser.   It “raises money to fund research into the causes of migraine, to develop improved treatments for sufferers, and to find the cure.”

A lot happened during Migraine Awareness Month.  I learned, hopefully taught, raised money and did my part to raise awareness.  Migraine is underfunded and therefore sufferers aren’t being treated properly for their specific needs.  Stigma and understanding need to change in many ways and any advocacy helps.  Thank you to anyone who participated, shared, and supported migraine awareness this month and everyday

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I found this graphic particularly interesting. I personally donate to these very deserving foundations each year with no exception. While supporting these charities, I have never been to a walk, golf outing, fundraiser, or event dedicated to Migraine. So while I’m giving money to others, who is giving money to help my cause?

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Manicures for Migraines

image3image1A friend and fellow migraine sufferer and I are throwing a Jamberry Nail Wrap party to raise money for Migraine Awareness.  100% of commission from the sales of Migraine Awareness wraps sold and 50% of the rest of the sales for the party will go to Migraine Research Foundation.  “The Migraine Research Foundation raises money to fund innovative migraine research to discover the causes, improve the treatments, and find a cure.   All operating costs are covered, so 100% of every donation goes to fund research.”  I personally will receive no money for the sales of the wraps.  My goal is to raise money and awareness.

To order any time go to: http://theresamillerjams93.jamberrynails.net/ and click shop

Theses wraps are $25 each.  If you would like to order one (or more) comment in the party and Theresa will give you ordering instructions.  Join the party and support Migraine Research Foundation and raise awareness with these pretty nails.  Feel free to pass along the information to anyone you feel may be interested in raising money for migraine awareness month.

So let’s party:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1458699294442687/. If you do order, I’d love pictures of your beautiful nails and how you are raising awareness!