FOUNDER & OWNER
My Mantra: “Everything, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha
Hi, I’m Jorie! The Migraine Mantras was a thought in the back of my mind for a long time that I finally developed in 2016. I’d come across an inspiring quote that made me rethink everything: “turn your pain into your purpose and your wounds into wisdom.” This was it, and MM was born.
MM started as a solo personal blog detailing my lifelong battle with chronic migraine, mental health issues, autoimmune disease, and other conditions. While it still focuses on those things, it has expanded to include more stories, research, and additional tidbits with other bloggers writing with me. It has become less about ME and more about the whole picture of life with chronic illness, providing a spectrum of voices. My passion has turned from simply writing my own stories, to inspiring and empowering others to find their voice through their suffering.
Migraine is not the only monster I fight. While I do battle chronic intractable migraine disease (which I’ve had since childhood) as well as vestibular/brainstem migraines, I also live with other comorbid health issues. These include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, dysautonomia (POTS/NCS), TMJD, occipital/trigeminal neuralgia, Chiari malformation type I, MCAS, bipolar disorder type I, DID, and anxiety/panic disorder.
I do everything in my power to put a positive spin on all my conditions: my mantra is a variation of “everything is a blessing in disguise,” which was the inspiration behind the name “The Migraine Mantras.” The word “mantra” originates from the Sanskrit language meaning “a sacred message or text.” I believe everyone has a mantra that resonates within them and can help them get through tough times.
My intention for MM is to spread awareness of migraine and headache disorders and help erase the stigma attached to migraineurs, mental illness, and other chronic and invisible illness patients with a mindful, educational, and encouraging approach. I enjoy writing about my experiences as well as communicating with and advocating for those with chronic or invisible illnesses. I aim to use this platform to inspire hope, encouragement, optimism, love, mindfulness, education, and to provide information on research and treatments.
By day, I work as a freelance writer/editor/designer and digital marketing/social media professional. Writing has been my personal passion for as long as I could pick up a pen to do so, and it is one of the reasons I chose to start a blog. Currently, I work with a handful of freelance clients while also maintaining a permanent advertising position (with many medical accommodations) at a local company.
I am also a proud patient advocate. I volunteer with Fibromyalgia Care Society and Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc. and I am an Ambassador for the US Pain Foundation and Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance. I contribute to the Spoonie Community on Instagram as well, where I document my day-to-day life—the good and bad—living with my health conditions. You can follow me here.
Additionally, my spiritual path has been an inspiration to me as I worked to create MM. One of the central values, for me, is to highlight the beauty in the journey of living with pain, whether physical or mental. My struggles have become my foundation for strengthening my connection with my body, mind, and spirit. Meditation and mindfulness practices are all huge coping mechanisms for me, as well as spending time in nature. Holistically, treatments like CBD oil, acupuncture, physical therapy, and medical massage have all given me some relief.
Migraine has stolen many of life’s most precious moments and milestones from me, but it has given me gifts as well. Patience. Compassion. Gratitude. Things I wouldn’t have had I not gone through the pain. As they say, “you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”
In my low-pain, low-symptom time, I enjoy writing, reading, making jewelry, art journaling, oil painting, being in nature (autumn is forever my favorite season), traveling, drinking tea, collecting things (old books, skeleton keys, and vinyl albums to name a few), and spending time with my friends and loved ones. I am a huge bibliophile—I love anything to do with reading, words, writing, and language. As someone with an endless thirst for knowledge, I can probably be found researching a different topic every day. I also have a keen interest in the MBTI/enneagram and enjoy having conversations about it—I’m an INFJ 4w5, if you’re curious.
I have called the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia home for most of my life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, despite its terrible climate impact on my pain. I currently live in the valley with my wonderful husband, Trey and our 2 miniature Dachshunds: Phoebe & Theo.
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