✧ Read Kirstie’s Blog Posts ✧ My Mantra: “To thine own self be true.” -William Shakespeare ✧✧✧ Hello everyone in Internet world! I’m Kirstie, and I suffer from that god awful awful thing called migraines. I almost can’t remember a day before my migraines… these terrible things have been a part of my 25 year old … Continue reading Kirstie
By Sarina & Kirstie – Those with chronic illness know that each day can vary in severity from the previous day and that nothing is guaranteed. This can make scheduling far in advance almost impossible, and without a doubt frightening. Though chronic illness has caused me to fear making plans, have to cancel plans I do … Continue reading Things Chronic Illness Has Made Us Grateful For
By Kirstie – It’s just what it sounds like, the little quirks you hear whispered about you or someone else just because you’re a little bit different. These are the intrusive words that are told to disabled individuals and many others living with an invisible illness. The words that stick with and haunt some of us … Continue reading Pet Peeves of The Disabled Community
By Kirstie – Stage 1 heart failure at age 25… that’s something that nobody wants to hear, or even think is a real possibility for themselves. Being told you have not one, not two, but four heart conditions that will end up likely killing you is devastating news to receive at that age, and really … Continue reading What You Can’t See About My Life with a Heart Condition
By Migraine Mantras Team – We’re still only just beginning Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, but for those of us who regularly live with migraine and headache disorders, we are aware every single day. For many of us, the support of our chronically ill friends, as well as advocating, telling our stories, and just being … Continue reading Why Does Migraine Matter?
By Kirstie – Migraines often mimic other conditions and can even cause other health issues to arise. Sometimes even for the seasoned migraineur it’s hard to tell when it’s “just” a migraine, or if something more serious is happening. It happened to me in the form of a TIA. TIA is the short name for … Continue reading When to Know it’s not “Just” a Migraine
By Jorie & Kirstie – It’s one of the most controversial topics out there right now: birth control. No doubt you’ve heard that political button being pressed numerous times on Facebook, Twitter, the nightly news, and probably around the office too. However, right here in our very own backyard of migraine life, contraceptives are alive … Continue reading The Hot Button Topic of Migraines & Contraceptives
By Kirstie – There’s no mold or “norm” for what people with an invisible illness should look like. People living with an invisible illness look like regular, everyday people. They look like me. For many people with an invisible illness, they often hear the famous phrase, “but you don’t look sick.” Most people, when faced … Continue reading What Does “Sick” Look Like?
By Kirstie & Jorie – When it comes to knowing your rights with the medical field, things can get murky. The fine print isn’t always easy to read and most of us sign our names away anyway, prompted by quick receptionists and needing to just get it done. But do you really know what your … Continue reading Understanding Your Medical Rights
By Kirstie – As members of the chronic illness club, we often go through a vicious cycle of “why us?” But in reality, there is nothing you did to deserve it. It’s just how you were made, maybe an unfortunate series of events that led to it. Most of us realize this early on in … Continue reading How to Find Self-Worth Living with Chronic Illness