Cindy McCain Declares War on Migraines

Launches public campaign on behalf of headache research
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 11:30 AM CDT
Cindy McCain Declares War on Migraines
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and wife Cindy right, leave Albright United Methodist Church, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, in Phoenix, after voting.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

Cindy McCain has publicly survived everything from miscarriage to stroke to a painkiller addiction—but the malady she took aim at last week was one she's endured in secret: migraines. “I’ve missed part of my life,” she told an American Headache Society luncheon. “People don’t really understand, because a headache’s more than just a headache.”

Current medicine offers few treatments for migraine—McCain’s tried everything from acupuncture to a Micronesian medicine man. She intends to campaign vigorously for the AHS, to fund research into the problem. “For the first time in my life, I’m going to go to Congress, and I’m going to be tenacious,” she says. “If you can give five million dollars to study flatulence in cows …you can give me some money for migraine research.” (More Cindy McCain stories.)

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