Thursday, August 7, 2008

Migraine Expressions - picking it up tomorrow!!!

I have been waiting for this book to come out for what feels like an eternity. Betsy Blodin, the editor of this book was nice enough to write a Share Post about the book a few months ago. This gave us over at My Migraine Connection a sneak peek of the beautiful cover.

This book is a compilation of poems, written works and art by 125 migraineurs and/or their loved ones. It's like this book is from us, by us, for us. How wonderful is that!!!!

And Teri Robert wrote the forward and has a poem published in the book. Even cooler!!!

And for the best part....are you ready? Once the cost of publishing is met, Betsy is donating the proceeds to migraine research and advocacy organisations such as the The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy!!

So, my friends, please pick up this book. You can get it from

I will be picking up my copy tomorrow!!! I am so excited!!

Here is a copy of the press release announcing the book:


Groundbreaking book depicts migraine in insightful visual and written art from migraineurs worldwide

San Diego, California, July 16, 2008 – Migraine Expressions: A Creative Journey through Life with Migraine illustrates in breathtaking art, poetry, essays and photography some of the ways tens of millions of people worldwide live, work, feel and love while trying to minimize attacks and manage symptoms of this often-debilitating disease. The courage and strength that takes is illuminated in this dramatic work from 124 writers and artists in many states and countries.

No other book expresses migraine in both words and art of people who suffer the symptoms and survive the disease; most books about migraine are from experts who define, explain, and offer advice on how to manage it. This book will complement existing information, be instrumental for people with migraine to share experiences and communicate feelings, and serve as a tool for furthering understanding among non-migraineurs.

Migraine is a neurobiological disease impacting more than 30 million people in the United States and similarly 12 to 15 percent of people in most countries of the world. It is a debilitating and little-understood disorder that is finally attracting the long-overdue attention it urgently needs in medical research and treatment arenas as well as in the general media. Celebrities, athletes and well-known professionals appear more and more often to share their stories or in news items of crippling migraine attacks. They represent many millions of others around the world.

Suzanne E. Simons, Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, commented, “Congratulations! The images and the words are compelling. Migraineurs will relate to the visual images and poems. Those who don’t suffer may be better able to empathize after reading the book.”

The book includes a foreword by leading migraine educator, advocate and author, Teri Robert, Ph.D., who says, “Projects such as Migraine Expressions are rare, priceless, and sorely needed. They offer an intimate view of the impact of migraine disease. The works of art in this book are deeply personal and revealing. They are heart-wrenching and inspiring, filled with both terror and hope.”

And Richard B. Lipton, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, claims, "Migraine Expressions reveals a neurobiological disease from many highly personal perspectives as contributors transform their experiences into stunning verbal and visual art. The book will help people with migraine find their individual voices even as they recognize the universality of their shared experiences.”

Book details: Hardcover, 192 pages, full color, 8.5 by 11 inches, available from publisher at July 18, 2008, $34.95 retail. Editor is available for interviews, appearances and book signings.

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Betsy Baxter Blondin is a longtime writer and editor, a nearly 40-year migraine survivor,
and this is the first book published by Word Metro Press.
Contact Betsy at 760.458.5576 or for further information.,

1 comment:

Alexandra Carmichael said...

Thanks Eileen! I will be picking up a copy of this book for my mom, who has suffered from migraines for over 25 years. It sounds wonderful. And thank you for spreading awareness and information about migraine through your blog!!