Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

It’s Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, and the whole world is lighting up in teal.

Earlier this year I used trigeminal neuralgia as part of an ABC poetry challenge. The goal of the challenge was to write a poem where each line begins with a letter of the alphabet.

Trigeminal NeuralgiaTN Ribbon
by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer


Agony sneaks in

Bolts of lightening

Cerebellum cacophony

Defining days so differently.

Exactly how, and

For how long can

Gaggles of geese unfurl their wings so

Horrendously in confinement

Intruding where ideas once formed

Jettisoning rational thought

Killing minutes, hours, months because they can?

Learning new vocabulary

Microvascular decompression

New terms offered

Optimistically by those who do their best to stop the

Pain. Fight the panic. Find the formula.

Quantifying tablets, qualifying times of day

Restricting wine and food and fun.

Succumbing once again to

Tympanic song cycles

Usually reserved for concert halls while


Wrinkles form

Xeriscapes on arid brow.

Yearning for the life before the

Zealous little beast.

For more information, see the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada or the International Trigeminal Neuralgia and Me pages.

3 thoughts on “Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

  1. Dear Crystal,

    I’m looking forward to the day when your poem may use different words about this disease….veil of pain lifting…..flying up the stairs because one can….determination overcomes…..
    Love and Hugs, Pat

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