An action alert is basically a call to action, times when the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) needs people to write to their Senators and members of the House, asking them to support requests that the AHDA advocates have made of them in person or other issues that have come up.
When these alerts go out, we really need to help ourselves or the people we care about by taking the 10 minutes or less it takes to respond to these alerts. It really is important that our politicians start hearing from their constituents so we can start getting the help we need for Migraines. You don't even need to know who represents you in the Senate or House or their email addresses. It's truly that easy.
Yes, my father did vaguely remember receiving that email from me and only now kept asking me to resend this information so he can take the proper action the next time an alert goes out. He not only has me as a Migraineur, but he has many grandchildren, nieces, great nieces and others that need help with this disease.
This interaction with my parents and other recent Migraine dealings really has me thinking that I need to take a different approach with my friends and family who always say they want to help. This is how I need their help the most as it will also help many of my friends and family who also have Migraine disease.
Do you receive these action alerts? Did you act upon the alert after you received it?
We need to help ourselves. One way I like to look at this is that I have received invaluable help from other Migraineurs and this is an easy way I can give so much back, to pay it forward, for what I have received from them. If you have not done so already, please signup to receive an AHDA alert and act upon it when you receive the alert.
Earlier this week, a new entry was posted on the blog of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacay, Why the Disparity in Attention and Support for Migraine and Headache Disorders? Written by Bray Patrick-Lake, an AHDA board member and President and CEO of the PFO Research Foundation, this blog entry echoed some of what I've frequently thought.