[DEPTFORD, N.J., July 28, 2021] When her first migraine attack happened at age 23, Courtney White, MD, was upset--but not that surprised. White had regarded her health like a ticking time bomb: all of the women in her family experience migraine attacks. Even though she knew what to expect from seeing family members cope and was a medical student comfortable advocating for her health, it took years to find strategies that helped.
Today, White is a neurologist and headache specialist currently serving as a fellow at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia, one of the top headache centers in the country. There, she uses her experiences to inform how she approaches caring for patients. For example, White believes a comprehensive approach to care is often best--combining a variety of treatments instead of relying on just one type. But she advocates for patients even outside the clinic: White is a member of Miles for Migraine’s ACT (Advocacy Connection Team) Now program, which empowers clinicians to work to help create policy change for patients.
White is among 11 individuals profiled in the most recent INvisible Project, a magazine and traveling display that highlights the experiences of people living with chronic pain conditions. The stories are shared with other patients to offer hope and education. They’re also shared with the general public, health care providers, and even policymakers as a way to create awareness about the struggles of life with chronic illness, which so often occur behind closed doors. This edition focuses specifically on the spectrum of headache and migraine disorders, which affect 38 million Americans.
“Dr. White is an incredible clinician and advocate who goes above and beyond for the migraine community on a daily basis,” says Nicole Hemmenway, CEO of U.S. Pain Foundation, the organization behind the INvisible Project. “She has dedicated her life to helping others navigate the struggles she knows all too well.”
To read her full story and order a free copy of the magazine, visit https://invisibleproject.org/.
About U.S. Pain Foundation
The mission of the U.S. Pain Foundation is to empower, educate, connect, and advocate for individuals living with chronic illness that causes pain, as well as their caregivers and clinicians. Its programs and services include a national network of support groups, educational resources and events, a pediatric program for children and their families, federal advocacy efforts, an awareness magazine called the INvisible Project, and more. The U.S. Pain Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.uspainfoundation.org.