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Shout Out: Mary Franklin, advocate for migraine sufferers

The Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, Mary Franklin, was recently highlighted in the Evanston Review. Click the link below to read the full article.

Read the article here.

Mary Franklin, 70, has lived in Evanston since 1980. She spoke about her work with migraine patients and what she enjoys about being an Evanstonian.

Q: How did you get involved with the treatment of headaches and migraines?

A: I started working for Dr. Seymour Diamond who had a family practice, and headaches were part of that. It eventually became part of the Diamond Headache Clinic. I started as a nurse but also moved into administration and publishing. I edited a few magazines and also co-wrote a couple of books. In 2011, I left the Diamond Headache Clinic. There was an opening at the National Headache Foundation. Advocacy in headache has just blossomed. There are new drugs out there and a new effort to have patient-centered treatment. That’s a big part of my job. Migraine as a disability. It’s the second most common form of disability in the entire world. There’s a lot of people to help and advocate for.




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