Raising awareness to fight the pain of trigeminal neuralgia

There is no cure, but I am trying to spread awareness. Oct. 7 is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, when races and fundraisers are held to raise money for The Facial Pain Research Foundation. To help spread awareness, buildings and bridges all over the world light up in teal, the color of the ribbon for this disorder. We wear our trigeminal neuralgia shirts on Oct. 7. Patchogue-Medford High School, where my mother has taught for a long time, all had teal shirts made that say “Friends of Kathleen” with a teal ribbon, and they wear it every year.

Even though my mom has this disease, she is still the best mom ever. She fights through the pain as much as she can. She tries her best not to let this affect our lives. She is always there when I need her. I look up to my mom and do a lot of things like her. I want to go to the same college as she did and be a teacher just like her when I grow up.

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