POV: Health care should be a fundamental human right, Michael Hinman, Riverdale Press

By Michael Hinman, Oct 19, 2019

Two years ago, in these very pages, I shared something deeply personal that before that was only really known by family members and people close to me.

I’m in remission from a medical condition known as trigeminal neuralgia. It’s a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that connects the brain with the top, middle and bottom part of our face.

When it flares up and I suffer an “attack,” it’s one of the most intense pains I could imagine anyone ever feeling, and it can last for hours. The best way to describe it is someone stabbing me in the face with a knife, pulling it out, and then doing it again. And again. And again.

It’s a condition so painful and potentially debilitating, it’s one of a handful of conditions that have earned the moniker of “the suicide disease.”

I’m one of the lucky ones, however. My TN is atypical....

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