We are united in pain
So the 7th of October is upon us. Today sees the first ever International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. For the first time ever, so many voices are speaking out about Trigeminal Neuralgia. Teal ribbons are being worn. Buildings and bridges are being lit in teal. Television news are broadcasting about TN. Newspapers are publishing stories about it.
People who suffer from TN, who struggle through life every day, are working so that others will take notice of this condition which blights so many lives. People who struggle to talk at times, struggle to eat, even struggle to get out of bed some days have become so passionate about raising awareness. And it is so good to see so many people trying so hard.
But it can’t stop here.
The 7th of October is just one day.
We have to continue with awareness every day until things change. Until the day when people stop screwing their faces up at the mention of Trigeminal Neuralgia, because they have never heard of it. Until the day when people immediately understand and show empathy and concern. Until the day when a sufferer walks into the doctor’s office because of their pain and the doctor immediately recognizes it as Trigeminal Neuralgia and treats them appropriately.
And until the day there is a cure. A real cure.
Until that day, End TN will continue to raise awareness about Trigeminal Neuralgia and will try to help fellow sufferers. Hopefully everyone will continue to do that along with us.