By Lisa-Marie - Cancer patients often lose their hair. Diabetes patients usually carry insulin. Epilepsy patients have seizures. Chronic migraine patients....look healthy? One of the biggest struggles for migraineurs is that, to others, we look healthy. Appearing healthy should be taken as a compliment, but to us, it adds an extra challenge. Why, you may … Continue reading What Does “Sick” Look Like?
By Jorie - Most of my life I was what I’ve referred to as a “doormat,” which is to say I allowed people to walk all over me, take advantage of me, and otherwise not speak up when I really needed to. This attitude isn’t beneficial to anyone, but it’s especially damaging to someone with … Continue reading Learning How to Say “No”
By Wanda - It never fails. You have a wonderful vacation planned, noted all the best places to stop, got packed early, got your vehicle loaded the night before, your migraine meds and aids are tucked safely away, and went to bed feeling wonderful. Then the inevitable happens: BAM! You wake up at some point … Continue reading Entering the “Driving with a Migraine Zone”
By Lisa-Marie - Step 1) Place arrow onto the bow, Step 2) Lift bow and arrow up to jaw level, Step 3) Slowly pull back the arrow and aim, Step 4) Carefully release the arrow, and... DARN IT! Target missed again! Even though you may have followed all the steps correctly, hitting the target seems … Continue reading Migraine Games: The “Hot & Cold” of Triggers
By Alisha - Having traveled from the most southern tip of Africa to one of the most northern (and hottest) parts in Africa, to multiple countries across Europe, and now in Canada, I can confidently say that traveling with migraines is quite the hellish affair. Heck, it’s even been a nightmare when traveling from province … Continue reading My Travel Nightmares, Part 1: Childhood Adventures
By Jorie (feat. Lisa Erickson from Migraine Magick) - When I first told my neurologist I thought the Moon may be contributing to the pattern of my migraines, he gave me a look of stupefaction that needs no depiction. When I told my mom about it, she thoughtfully said, “well, anything that has a gravitational … Continue reading How the Moon and Cosmos Affect Migraines
By Emily - Migraine management often starts with trigger avoidance. There are a myriad of triggers that can spark an attack for a migraineur. These triggers are unique to each person and can range from dietary to sensory to emotional in nature. Additionally, they are often cumulative, meaning the likelihood of an attack increases with … Continue reading Moving to Migraine-Friendly Climates
By Brittanie Fisher (Guest Blogger) - Waking up with excruciating stomach pain one day led to months of unanswered questions. I have an illness that took my gastroenterologist months to figure out. It was appointment after appointment, it was missing out of most of my seventh-grade year, it was a lot of sleepless nights, it … Continue reading 7 Ways I Survived High School With Chronic Migraines
By Jorie - La Bella Italia: the country of the jagged Alps, the enchanting Mediterranean, historical edifices around every corner, delectable cuisine—I could go on, but I’ll stop there. Italy has long been my favorite European culture, and visiting for myself was a dream. Sometimes when I think back to the trip and recall … Continue reading La Mia Emicrania Italiana (Translation: My Italian Migraine)
By Lisa-Marie - Thirty-one Botox injections in my head every three months. Not to look prettier. Not to look younger. To be in less pain. Botox is traditionally thought of as celebrities' tool to be camera-ready, often resulting in "frozen face" syndrome. Few realize what true power Botox holds in the medical community. What is … Continue reading Botox as Medicine?