Cleveland Education Day 2020
November 7, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
LocationCleveland Clinic & University Hospitals
W. O. Walker Center Auditorium10524 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
- Sarah Rathsack, Patient Advocate
Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions
Sarah Rathsack, Patient Advocate
Sarah Rathsack is the writer behind the popular blog “My Migraine Life.” She has lived a life filled with migraine since age 5 and is now a mom and advocate for the migraine community. Sarah turned from episodic to chronic as an adult. During the time, she taught as an intervention specialist for elementary students with severe medical and cognitive disabilities.
Unable to continue in her career, Sarah began a family and stayed home with her two young children. At that time, her condition got better and worse through each child and situation. When her youngest was around 18 months old, she began her blog in hopes for finding connection and teaching others about migraine.
As her children grew so did her advocacy. Sarah connected with Miles for Migraine doing a virtual challenge in 2017. In 2018, she spoke in Cleveland’s inaugural event giving her patient perspective. Following her speech in Cleveland, she brought her team to Cincinnati speaking and advocating there. Sarah joined the warrior advisory board for Miles for Migraine following these events.
In 2019, Sarah was the top fundraiser, largest teams and won the advocate award in both Cleveland and Cincinnati. Her team has raised more than $6,000 in just 2 years. Her advocacy efforts were featured in a Healthline video showing her passion for making a difference. Her work has been recognized and awarded by many. Through WEGO she earned nominations for best in show-blog, best in show-Facebook, life time achievement award and patient leader hero. Her dog and family won top photos for the Shades for Migraine campaign and she has been listed as a top migraine blogger to follow by MigraineAgain. Additionally, My Migraine Life is a proud partner of American Migraine Foundation.
Sarah loves to travel and writes about her adventures with her family while migraine follows her everywhere. She participated in Retreat Migraine while suffering a 4-day migraine attack and plans to attend every year that she can. She brought her family out to Phoenix and secured donations from a local bakery to raffle off to Miles for Migraine participants. Her family hopes to continue their advocacy and travel the U.S. supporting walk/run/relax events.
Ways to describe Sarah would be an advocate, a mom, a preschool teacher, a pet lover, a dedicated friend and a positive influencer. You can often find her online giving support, at her blog telling stories, at Miles for Migraine events wearing her cape and always with a fighting spirit towards migraine.