My Mantra: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
Hello internet, my name is Emily. I’m 25 and live in Eastern Pennsylvania. I’m excited to contribute to Migraine Mantras. Blogging is new to me, but migraines certainly are not.
For me, migraines started when I was about 16 years old. My migraines were episodic to start and escalated to chronic migraine status in January 2015. For about a year and a half I was having migraines 2 – 5 days a week, lasting 12 – 48 hours each. It was quite a struggle and made a huge impact on my life.
In the fall of 2016 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This was the first clue that migraine may not actually be my primary ailment, but secondary to fibromyalgia. I treat my fibro and migraines holistically, in large part due to chemical sensitivities. I’m happy to report that as of today in May 2017, I have not had a migraine since the fall of 2016!
With chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and migraine I know I will never be out of the woods completely, but I will take any win where I can get it! I’m excited to share what I’ve learned through my journey with all of you!
Outside of my illness I am a musician: vocalist to be exact. It is a huge part of my life. I began singing as a young kid and ended up attending a performing arts high school. Although I did not pursue a career in vocal performance I still perform with local choirs. Music has been such a source of joy throughout my life, especially in my struggles with chronic illness, and I don’t know who I would be with out it. I also enjoy many other types of other artistic expression, to dabble in, or consume as an audience member.
Outside of the arts I spend my time watching my favorite shows and movies, reading novels, playing board games, spending time with friends, learning new things wherever I can, and spending time in nature. I have a godson, Grayson, who has been a huge ray of light through a difficult time and two pups, Buttons and Cookie, that I try to spend as much quality time with as possible. I love them to death and they are always there for me when chronic illness has knocked me on my butt.
I hope this gives you a little insight into myself and my life with chronic illness. I look forward to sharing more with you!