Migraine Awareness Month #10: “Name That Spokesperson”
“Choose Any celebrity to represent Migraine (whether they have Migraine or not) – who would it be and why?”
I can’t deny that I wouldn’t love the idea of a famous person who would be more than willing to take it upon themselves to represent us (me!) in our (my) cause of Migraine Disease.
I mean, Jon Bon Jovi pelting out vocals against all the stigma and misunderstanding; Stephen King writing horror novels based directly on our pain and the very real monsters we face on a regular schedule; Emeril Lagasse on Good Morning America cooking up his own special Migraine-free concoctions for morning t.v. (and his new book!); and how about Russel Crowe or George Clooney hosting their very own and very public documentary movie based on our disease: flattering, inspirational, comforting and potentially VERY POSITIVE, does come to mind.
Even a couple of famous docs and a sprinkling of added sports and fitness heroes certainly wouldn’t hurt…
I have to say that I would love these things. Like most people, I’m exceedingly fond of all my heart-throbs, heroes and actors. They inspire me; entertain me; give me something wonderful to look at; and sometimes even educate me. Of course I would want the best and brighest to help us represent and fight our cause – who wouldn’t?
In the end, though, I really don’t think we need such niceties. Although I would be grateful (very!) for a celeb’s influence, assistance, and reputation, I believe that honestly representing a cause requires quite a bit of first-hand experience (not a “have to”, but it sure helps…). I wouldn’t want to wish this kind of experience on anyone – ever! Also, these celebs we all love so much are busy – they have careers, families, hobbies, life and issues just like we do. In addtion, they would have to be educated in the same way that the general public has to be: this would be time-consuming for us as well as them. Why not just teach the whole world while we’re at it…
We’re doing it right now…
By sharing our stories and supporting each other in such a public way (online), we have become the pioneers of migraine truth and advocacy. Our personal battles no longer have to be wars waged alone. Together, we’ve become the celebrities – migraine spokespeople in our own cause.
****** Disclaimer: The second paragraph is a work of fiction (call it, “my fantasy’) completely born in the author’s imagination. Jon Bon Jovi has NO migraine song; Emeril Lagasse doesn’t have a migraine gig OR book on migraine recipes (and he hasn’t appeared on Good Morning America regarding migraine, as far as I know); Stephen King does not have a migraine horror novel: and Russel Crowe and George Clooney DO NOT have a documentary that I’m aware of regarding Migraine Disease.
“National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation.
The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com “
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