Did you know that headaches affect three times more women than men? Worse, the disease can have a greater overall impact on the lives of women. As an active, strong woman, you want to spend less time focusing on your headache and more time focusing on your drive to succeed. Women’s luge world champion, Erin Hamlin, knows all about the disease and has recently signed on as a spokesperson for the National Headache Foundation to promote the NHF and assist in educational activities to help other women and girls who may be sufferers, like herself. Though she is ranked number one in the U.S. and sixth in the world in women’s luge, Erin has suffered a long history of migraine and knows first hand what an impact they can have on a woman’s life. Can you believe that the day before she became the first U.S. woman to win the gold medal at the 2009 Luge World Championships, she suffered from an unbearable migraine and actually almost had to withdraw from the competition?! Can you imagine?
Migraine has definitely affected Erin’s performance at times, so she started to become a student of her own headache. Because the level of pain, frequency and triggers are all very personal, she knew that tracking her patterns was the first step to finding her way towards relief. With the aid of NHF’s Chart Your Course to Relief Tool, she was able to do this. Now, Hamlin wants to spread the word about NHF’s new Chart Tool so that other women and athletes can discover more about the nature of their headaches and begin finding personal relief, just like she has done. Want to hear more from Erin about her journey towards finding relief? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKGy1NQmjR4&feature=channel_page
With so many challenges and obstacles in a woman’s daily life, migraine pain should be the last worry. If you’re a headache sufferer, NHF and Hamlin encourage a visit to Headache U, to get on the right track towards finding personal relief.
To learn more about Erin Hamlin’s goal as spokesperson for NHF, be sure to check out the National Headache Foundation Blog: http://www.headaches.org/blog/?p=151
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