By: Jorie –
Mantra: “When “I” is replaced by “we,” even “illness” becomes “wellness.” – Malcolm X
*buzz, buzz, buzz*
My alarm breaks me out of an agitated sleep. I can’t see, but not because it’s dark. The room is lit up dimly with soft morning sunlight, but my head is pierced with pain on one side, my eyesight is fuzzy at best.
The pain hits me with full force as I sit up in my bed and I clutch my head in my hands, squeezing my eyes shut to block out the sliver of light that makes its way to my face from the window. The light feels like a dagger.
I try to stabilize myself, reaching for the glass of water on my side table to hydrate. The nausea smacks me as I take a sip and I’m dry heaving, ready to run to the trash can at any moment. I know it’s too late to medicate now. It hit me in the middle of the night, and now it’s here to stay.
This is a typical morning for about half of my week, every week, all 52 of the year to be exact. And it’s not just me. Chronic migraine affects 38 million people in the US alone every day—that’s 1 in 4 US households having at least one migraineur.
Migraines are considered one of the most disabling illnesses, ranked at #6 worldwide, but there is still an incredible amount of stigma attached to migraine conditions. We are judged harshly, thought to be “faking it.” We are put down for needing medications. We are berated for missing work or school, or even having to take full disability due to the severity of our pain. We aren’t taken seriously by a large majority of people.
That’s why, in the month of June (and in fact all year), we work toward educating, raising awareness, and teaming up with other migraineurs to make our disease less misunderstood.
I partnered with three of my migraineur friends: Jamie, Mikayla, and Emily, to start this blog back up and write more about the ways we treat and live with our migraines. Many of us use non-conventional, lesser-known ways to cope with our migraines and we want to show others that medication isn’t the only answer, even if it is a necessary part of our treatment plan. We are big supporters of natural and holistic wellness.
Additionally, Jamie is an ardent user of CBD products, which I hadn’t used much prior to meeting her. Through her, we have also united with Blue Ridge Hemp Co. in the month of June to provide more access to natural CBD products that help alleviate migraine pain as well as many other types of pain.
Jamie will talk a little more about CBD and its effects on the endocannabinoid system as it relates to migraines a little later in another blog post, but as a preface to that I’ll explain a bit about what CBD is.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound of the cannabis plant that offers many natural health benefits. I’m sure you’ve heard, maybe on the news or social media, that CBD is widely being legalized in other forms for treatment of various illnesses. This is because it is extremely effective at interacting with receptors in the body responsible for pain, spasms, and more. CBD oil from the cannabis sativa plant is legal in all 50 states at the moment and is readily available all over the US, including at Blue Ridge Hemp Co., based in North Carolina. They explain more on their website, so give them a visit!
In the month of June, Blue Ridge Hemp Co. will be offering a 10% off coupon code (enter MHAM17 at checkout on their website) and donating 10% of all proceeds made to the Migraine Research Foundation. The Migraine Research Foundation is a cause close to my heart that I have fundraised for over the past few years during June.
The Migraine Research Foundation raises money and actively advocates for more migraine research. In 2015, research for migraine amounted to a mere $0.15 per patient, a number that MRF and many of us migraineurs, the four of us included, are fighting to increase.
But, of course… It all starts with awareness.
Stay up to date with us in the month of June as we talk about migraine research, treatments, advocacy, and more on the blog and our Facebook page!