representing migraine, on the road, and a quiz

Migraine Awareness Month #20: Name the Spokesperson. Choose any celebrity to represent Migraine (whether they have Migraine or not) who would it be and why?

hmm.

hugh laurie. i mean, he PLAYS a doctor, and i bet any money you like that people would believe him all the more for it. and he is beloved here in the UK as well as in the US. his old oppo, stephen fry, made some very moving doccos about being bipolar. i think it did help that he suffers with it himself. i wouldn’t wish migraines on anyone, though, i’d just be happy for someone to bang on about it in a super articulate way, and i think hugh laurie would be able to do that just fine.

here’s a docco on youtube about the pair of them. it’s in 5 parts. if you don’t know about hugh laurie’s backstory you might be surprised to know that he has really only played comic parts here. 

“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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in other moving image news, did you know that there is going to be a film made of on the road ? here’s the trailer, i think it looks rather good

and this from someone who has read the book several times. it was my favourite book as a young thing, and i dare say it was partly responsible for my own hitch hiking adventures. i am so pleased that i wasn’t this ill when i was young. i enjoyed a very footloose existence.

of course, “enjoyed” wasn’t the precise word for it. although i did indeed enjoy all the traveling i did and the adventures i got into i was rather prone to depression even then, and was a slave to my emotions for decades. it was only when i learned meditation that i started to take more pleasure in life, even though i was already very ill. one advantage of leading a rather restricted life is that simple pleasures become very pleasurable indeed. wild adventures are less appealing when you have to rein yourself in constantly.

even so, the metaphor holds.

Our battered suitcases were were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 3, Ch. 5

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this quiz came my way yesterday via twitter. it’s supposed to be to raise awareness among non sufferers, but i learned a thing or two, and i have had migraines for at least 10 years. click through and share. x

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4 responses to “representing migraine, on the road, and a quiz

    • cheers! i will happily accept that award, since i have to tell you, blogging every single day is REALLY HARD!

      even without this spate of migraines it would have been, just because i don’t DO anything! it’s just me and the dog and the garden and the internet!

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