Winston-Salem Education Day 2020
June 20, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
This is a Virtual Event. Registration is free but required
- Amanda Ingrassia & Erica Nicole Carrasco - Our Journey in Migraine Advocacy
Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions
Erica, aka Achy Smile, is a migraine advocate from Midland, Texas, now living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She helps her husband, Stephen, raise their two young adult children, Marissa and Noah, through a life with chronic pain and neurological symptoms.
Their daughter, who lives with chronic vestibular migraine, is a Freshman in college learning how to thrive with Erica just a phone call away. Noah, a Junior in high school, lives with episodic attacks of ocular migraine. In late January 2018, Erica shared the stage with prominent women in the health industry and talked about her life with migraine at BlogHer Health, an annual blogger conference for women. In early 2020, Erica joined over 200 advocates at Headache on the Hill, where she told her story to Members of Congress about what it's like living with hemiplegic migraine and not having access to doctors trained in headache medicine.
Achy Smile is a Partner of the American Migraine Foundation and the Association of Migraine Disorders, is the Director of Marketing for Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc., and designs migraine awareness t-shirts and gifts for those with neurological disorders at Achy Smile Shop.
Amanda is a Chronic Migraine patient who has had continuous Migraine attacks for over 14 years. When she became disabled by the disease four years ago, she began to use her own experiences as well as skills from the workplace to advocate for Migraine patients. Amanda is best known as "BreatheMia" on Twitter, where she shares her day to day life with Chronic Migraine while encouraging other patients in their journeys. She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of My Chronic Brain, a magazine for Chronic Migraine patients and those with whom they interact. The magazine strives to equip patients with information to help them live their extraordinary lives. Amanda lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her adorable service dog Genius.