Everybody wants to rule the world
We complain more than we work.
We all have grand ideas of how the world should work, but rarely does anyone do anything to make the necessary changes. In general people want others to do the hard work. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of headache medicine. There are 38 million people with Migraine in the U.S. alone. We all agree that Migraine is debilitating, costly, and misunderstood. We complain about the lack of effective treatments and wonder if there will ever be a cure. The rest of our time and efforts are spent attacking one another and in-fighting among the various headache-related organizations.
What a waste of precious time.
The best experts in headache medicine can’t even explain why some people have migraine and others don’t. Good scientific research takes years and billions of dollars to accomplish. Here in the U.S. we haven’t invested much in studying the mechanisms of migraine, how it gets started, or how to stop it. That’s because neither the general public nor our elected officials believe that migraine is a serious problem. As a result, we have chosen to invest a whopping 53¢ per patient per year to study migraine. Every year we have a $31 billion drain on our economy that we invest a paltry $20 million to correct.
We need to get our priorities straight.
As a citizen with voting rights, only you can change this. If you don’t like it that doctors only get 4 hours of training on headache disorders and that there’s never been a drug specifically developed to prevent migraine, then start putting pressure on your elected officials. Write letters, send emails, make phone calls — raise hell until they finally listen! If you can, volunteer to attend Headache on the Hill and speak face-to-face with the very people you elected to represent YOUR interests. Participate in races like Runnin’ for Research or Miles for Migraine. Purchase products from companies who donate part of their profits to headache research. Volunteer for scientific studies. Donate money directly to charities like the Migraine Research Foundation or the American Migraine Foundation.
It’s going to take longer than we’d like.
Because people are resistant to change, this is going to take a long time. We likely won’t see the results of all our hard work in our lifetime. This is bigger than any one patient. We’re working for a better world for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The people who will benefit most are those we will not live to meet. That doesn’t mean the cause isn’t worth fighting for. All our hard work will pay off generations from now. That is exactly WHY we should be fighting. No great cause was ever accomplished with mediocre effort.
So quit bitching. Roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Today’s post was inspired by “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.