“#ShowTN3Fingers”: A Revolutionary Initiative for National Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Awareness Day by Aneeta Prem MBE
Introduction by Aneeta Prem MBE
“I’m thrilled to introduce you to our innovative initiative, ‘#ShowTN3Fingers,’ conceived to commemorate National TN Awareness Day on 7th October and to intensify awareness of trigeminal neuralgia.”
Why ‘#ShowTN3Fingers’ is Imperative for National TN Awareness Day
As we mark National TN Awareness Day on 7th October, it is imperative that we unify our voices and gestures to shed light on this debilitating condition. This campaign offers a channel to do just that.
The Scientific Insight: ‘#ShowTN3Fingers’
This campaign is far more than symbolism; it’s an educational pillar:
V1: Targets the forehead, known for electric-like eye pain.
V2: Points to the cheek, causing sharp upper cheek and nose pain.
V3: Directed towards the jaw, evoking pain in the jawline and teeth.
A Special Invitation to Medical Professionals
Your participation is pivotal:
Educate: Utilise your expertise for the betterment of society.
Reach: Assist us in reaching individuals currently untapped by existing efforts.
Flexibility: Engage in a way that suits your professional ethos. A video explaining the campaign
The Impact: A Testimony
“One TN sufferer shared, ‘This campaign lets me non-verbally communicate my pain to my family and healthcare provider.'”
Addressing the Emotional Reality: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Often dubbed the ‘suicide disease,’ the emotional burden of TN can be severe. Our helpline and regional support groups offer a lifeline.
How to Engage and Make a Difference
National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
Capture: Snap a selfie or video.
Narrate: Include your personal reason.
Share and Hashtag: Use #ShowTN3Fingers. #faceofTN
Donate: Contributions fuel our helpline and educational outreach.
A Worldwide Call to Act
We invite everyone, regardless of geographic location, to be part of this initiative and thereby enrich the narrative surrounding trigeminal neuralgia. and join the National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
Trigeminal Neuralgia Hope
Trigeminal Neuralgia Hope
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), a neurological condition causing excruciating facial pain, leaves those afflicted with feelings of isolation and despair. However, amidst this, there is hope – the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA). The charity has been a lifeline for individuals battling TN, providing a supportive and nurturing environment.
Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Journey of Pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia is characterised by sudden, stabbing facial pain, triggered by seemingly innocent actions like chewing or talking. The intensity of this pain can be overwhelming, leading to immense distress for those experiencing it. It is a rare condition that affects one’s quality of life, leaving individuals in search of understanding and support.
The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA)
In the midst of this, the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA) is committed to supporting those affected by TN and face pain.
We provide vital resources, raising awareness, and creating a sense of community among patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.
Transformative Stories of Resilience
Five members who have found help and strength through TNA:
E.L., a resilient TN patient, once felt utterly alone in her battle against the condition. She recalls, “The pain was isolating, but when I discovered TNA’s supportive community, I found a lifeline. The helpline connected me with others who truly understood my struggles. Now, I feel like I belong.”
A.J., a strong advocate for regional support groups, recognized the importance of face-to-face interactions. He says, “Meeting in person enhances empathy and understanding among TN patients. Through regional support groups, we share experiences and coping strategies, fostering unity among our members.”
M.L., a courageous TN patient, shares how TNA has been a lifeline during her saddest moments. She says, “TNA provided me with coping mechanisms, resources, and most importantly, a support network that helped me endure the pain. With their help, I found strength and resilience.”
S.M., an enthusiastic member of TNA, cherishes the joy of being part of a compassionate community. She shares, “TNA’s gatherings and virtual events offer a sense of belonging and a network of friends who offer unwavering support. Community engagement is a powerful tool for healing.”
J.T., a compassionate individual who witnessed her loved one’s struggle with TN, decided to make a difference. She emphasises, “Supporting each other in our TN journey is crucial. TNA’s regional support groups have been a source of comfort and understanding. Together, we find hope in the face of pain.”
The Power of Community: A Journey Towards Healing
TNA’s transformative power lies in its ability to foster hope and resilience among those affected by trigeminal neuralgia. By providing empathy, education, and support, the organization has contributed to improved patient care and reduced feelings of isolation. The stigma surrounding TN has also been diminished, encouraging individuals to seek help without hesitation.
Conclusion: Embracing the Light of TNA
Trigeminal Neuralgia can cast a shadow of pain and despair over its victims. However, the transformative power of community, exemplified by the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA), offers hope. E.L., A.J., M.L., S.M., and J.T.’s stories are testaments to the profound impact TNA has had on those battling TN. By providing support, advocacy, and camaraderie, TNA has become a beacon of light, guiding individuals towards a journey of healing and hope.
What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Trigeminal Neuralgia is a neurological condition causing intense facial pain, triggered by everyday actions like chewing or talking.
How can I get involved with TNA? You can support TNA by becoming a member, volunteering, or contributing to their initiatives.
Are there effective treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia? Treatment options include medications, surgical procedures, and alternative therapies, though effectiveness varies among individuals.
Does TNA offer resources for caregivers? Yes, TNA provides resources and support for patients and caregivers, helping them navigate the challenges of Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Can joining TNA’s community make a difference? Absolutely! The supportive and compassionate community within TNA can make a profound difference in the lives of those struggling with TN.