I am incredibly proud to unveil our next chapter in the fight against trigeminal neuralgia: the ‘#ShowTN3Fingers’ campaign. As a natural extension of last year’s ‘Face of TN’ initiative, our new campaign aims to expand the conversation around this debilitating condition. We believe that education and awareness are the building blocks of empathy and, eventually, change.
This campaign isn’t just a hashtag; it’s a learning moment for us all. By showing three fingers, we represent the three main branches of the trigeminal nerve—V1, V2, and V3—each responsible for a unique form of agony. It’s an educational gesture that speaks volumes.
To my esteemed colleagues in the healthcare sector, I urge you to lend your voice and clinical expertise to this cause. Your participation elevates this campaign from a grassroots effort to an authoritative movement.
Trigeminal neuralgia is often referred to as a ‘hidden disability,’ but with this campaign, we aim to shine a spotlight on it. We want to break down the walls of stigma and loneliness that so many patients face, offering them a beacon of hope.
Your participation can take many forms:
Social Media: Use the hashtags #ShowTN3Fingers and #FaceOfTN to make your voice heard.
Video Testimonies: We welcome short reels explaining why you or your loved ones are involved in this campaign. Your story could be the one that educates and inspires others.
Donations: While our primary currency is awareness, financial contributions help maintain our helplines and sponsor regional events aimed at destigmatizing TN. Every donation brings us a step closer to a world free from the anguish of trigeminal neuralgia.
The Time Is Now
As we count down to International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day on the 7th of October, let’s harness this occasion to drive meaningful change. We’ve been given a platform and a voice; it’s our collective responsibility to use them wisely.
Let’s not miss this chance to act. Together, we can transcend the boundaries of medicine and advocacy to create a more informed and empathetic society. Join us, share the ‘#ShowTN3Fingers’ campaign, and let’s make this International TN Awareness Day a watershed moment in the fight against trigeminal neuralgia.
Looking forward to an impactful day and a brighter future.
Best wishes, Aneeta Prem MBE CEO