Goals plus hope | MHAM Blogging Challenge

Today’s prompt: Share with us what you hope for and why.

I can sit here and hope for so many things that are largely out of my control…

  • fast FDA approval of CGRP-blocking migraine treatments
  • insurance coverage for the new meds with low co-pays
  • insurance coverage for oxygen to treat cluster attacks
  • increased funding for migraine research
  • eradicating migraine stigma
  • a cure for migraine and cluster headache

There are many things to hope for, yet trying to reach them all is not realistic. It’s important to have a limited number of tangible, measurable goals. Without that, it is difficult to know when a goal has been reached. By specifying the details, hope gets stronger and the odds of reaching the goal increase.

So I have listed two goals I believe I can achieve. One is for my personal health. The other is for the benefit of the migraine community at large. They are not the only goals I have. They’re just the ones I choose to work on first because success will have the greatest impact on my own health and the health of the migraine community as a whole. Both are realistic, time-limited, and measureable. Because I know it’s possible to reach these goals, I am very hopeful for success.

Personal Goal: Reverse the weight gain caused by medication side effects

  1. Eat at least one generous trigger-free salad per day
  2. Wean off medications that can cause weight gain as safely as possible under medical supervision.
  3. Weigh-in once a week and report progress to health coach.
  4. Get an accurate diagnosis of knee pain.
  5. Follow instructions for rehabilitating knee (surgery, physical therapy, etc.)
  6. When given medical clearance, begin walking 5 minutes at a time, working up to at least 6 times a day.
  7. Work up to 10,000 steps per day

Community goal: Personally recruit an average of one new AHMA member per month

  1. Write a blog post about the benefits of AHMA with a link to the membership page
  2. Create and publish an AHMA ad to the blog, setting it to display on high-traffic pages.
  3. Send reminders to join in each newsletter.
  4. Post messages via social media at least once per week encouraging people to join AHMA.
  5. Print AHMA-provided materials and deliver to doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers.
  6. Proudly wear my “Ask me about AHMA” pin when going out of the house.

The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge
is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.

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