Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Beyond Migraine, a new podcast series to support more than 500,000 people in Ireland living with migraine, has been launched by the Migraine Association of Ireland in partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland.

The Beyond Migraine podcast provides easy to access advice, support and information, giving the opportunity for migraine patients to hear first-hand from others like them living with the condition.

Hosted by migraine patient Debbie Hutchinson, several well-known names appear as guests, including:

– Tony Cascarino: former professional football player

– Anna Daly: Virgin Media presenter, businesswomen

– Nicola Halloran: chef and author of bestselling cookbook The Wonky Spatula

– Aoife Walsh: former Miss Ireland and social media influencer

They will be joined by leading healthcare professionals with an interest in migraine.

There will be six episodes – episode one is available from now, with further episodes dropping every week. Each episode deals with a different topic relating to insights into the lived experience of migraine patients that were revealed in Teva’s survey.

Personal stories

Speaking about her migraine journey, Virgin Media TV presenter Anna Daly said: “I only realised I suffered from migraines in the last couple of years. Through my teenage years I would have headaches and it took me quite a long time to create some kind of correlation between the headaches and my menstrual cycle and relate them directly to hormones. Often when you suffer from a migraine there’s a sense that you don’t want to let people down and you try and hide your migraine rather than say I can’t do something or participate in something as a result of migraine. I hope by telling my story it will give people a better understanding of the disease and the impact it can have on life and how families and friends can support that person.”

And former Irish professional football player Tony Cascarino said: “Managing migraines has been an ongoing part of my life since I was 19. Over time, I realised that stress was often the trigger for my migraines so managing and reducing stress was an important part of my management of the disease. Thankfully, I did not experience much stress before football games but the comedown, particularly after big games like Italia ’90, could trigger a migraine for me. When that happened, I was not able to train the next day and would just want to sleep and shut out the world. I hope that by sharing my story on the Beyond Migraine podcast that I can help others to realise they are not alone.”

The podcast will be available on migraine.ie/beyond-migraine-podcast/ and on all major platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts – just search ‘Beyond Migraine’. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #BeyondMigraine.

For information on migraine support and services available in Ireland, visit migraine.ie and to see the results of the Beyond Migraine survey of Irish migraine patients, visit teva.ie/patients/beyond-migraine.

By Conor Forrest
Contact Newsdesk: 045 432147

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