The Migraine Canada website has a really good interactive graphic which I refer to regularly. It’s called The Migraine Tree. You can see my sad attempt at drawing it above, but for me copying things out by hand is helpful for retaining information. Please look up the actual graphic here.
The Migraine Tree
Who’s it for? It think it’s for two types of people. First, for those who are new to migraine, and looking for a starting point to understand the disease. Secondly, for those of us living with migraine and we feel a bit stuck in how to move forward … the migraine tree has lots of places to jump in and learn or try something new.
What’s it for? I like that the information is in a graphic format, and is represented as a tree … an organic living thing which we generally understand. I think it helps us to see new relationships between the various elements of migraine. It helps to simplify something very complex. And because it’s interactive, we can navigate through it in a way that makes sense to us.
Why do I like it? The Migraine Tree gives a helpful big picture of everything there is to know about migraine. At the same time, it breaks the elements down into manageable pieces which makes it seem a little less overwhelming.
How can we use it? Find a spot on the tree that represents something you’re looking to understand. From there, either click through to find helpful articles specific to that topic. Or maybe go back a step and see if there’s some background information that would be helpful in moving forward.
Where can we find it? The link to the site is here. As a way of remembering it, and referring to it once in a while, I keep the link in a Migraine folder in the Bear App. And also, I have notes about it in my Migraine Journal.
stationery in the photo
- butterfly sticker (I used a printable from this lovely blog post and printed it onto sticker paper)
- brush marker
- date stamp
- daily planner notebook
- pencil case
P.S. Also on my desk but not shown in the photo: a mango green tea with tapioca from Bobacha, and a giant tube of hand cream.