Melissa Piercey, Director of Education Advocacy
Melissa Piercey is a full-time mother to three amazing children, and takes pride in serving her community through her church as well as children’s schools. She has been PTA President and has hosted many fundraisers.
Most notably, she is a parent advocate working to educate others to help fight the stigma associated with chronic migraine disease, especially for school aged children.
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In 2015 my daughter, Ava, got a head injury at school that resulted in chronic migraine disease. I quickly learned that her school did not have a protocol in place to assist and accommodate head injuries and nor did they want to take on the burden of figuring it out. Because I was still learning about chronic migraine disease, and what migraine actually is (not just a headache), I was overwhelmed. While the school had the burden of educating her, it was up to me to fight for the necessary accommodations.
STRONG AS A MOTHER:
MELISSA PIERCEY FIGHTS FOR BETTER CARE AND MORE COMPASSION FOR HER DAUGHTER
While migraine disease runs in her family, Melissa’s migraine story did not begin until her now 19-year-old-daughter, Ava, suffered a head injury in the ninth grade. Becoming frustrated with care, lack of effective treatment, and a lack of general migraine awareness within their health care system, the Piercey family fought for answers, diagnostic tests, and treatment. Through their fight, they found help and hope. While Ava’s condition continues to deteriorate, and she lives in constant pain, Melissa stays strong to help her daughter battle through and find a little joy every day.