Jaime M. Sanders | The Migraine Diva

Patient Leader

My journey with migraine has been a life-long one. From a toddler with abdominal migraine to a wife and mother with chronic intractable migraine, I have learned to turn my pain into empowerment. I also manage my daily life with depression and anxiety, surviving two suicide attempts, along with fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis and chronic back pain. Despite these conditions and their limitations, I strive to do my best to find my optimal health. Advocating for headache disorders and mental health are my passions. I am the author of the popular blog The Migraine Diva and is a Migraine Patient Advocacy Coordinator with Global Healthy Living Foundation. I also partner with the American Migraine Foundation and Shades for Migraine and am a stakeholder with the Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients and the Headache and Migraine Policy Forum. Recently, I have joined the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) Interdisciplinary Migraine Network and the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council to help create better educational and advocacy tools for patients and caregivers. Through my advocacy work and blog, my mission is to make a very invisible disease visible to the rest of the world and validate the real pain of millions

Location

Fredericksburg, VA

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Patient Leader Hero

Jaime embodies the strength, character and integrity to help to destigmatize communities-migraine and mental health She speaks openly and honestly about the struggles which she faces encountering these two diseases I remember the first time I heard her speak about her comorbidities so blatantly and honestly. I was thankful for her openness.  — Shirley

Jaime M. Sanders | The Migraine Diva

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