I am in a better place now and I am excited to share that with you. However, I want you to know the miles it took to get here. You see this migraine life is a journey and one you are not alone in. It is different for each person, but we can relate to the interruption and pain. Part of my story is when I was diagnosed with epilepsy. That diagnosis was not a simple one and did not come quickly. It took three years and many tests. So I was finally relieved to have an answer and effective medication. That chapter led me to a research hospital in which I stayed for a week. After a week of tests it was determined I did not have diabetes, heart problems, or several other things I had been tested for over time. I had epilepsy. Finally, an answer! One of the doctors there recommended I also go to a headache specialist. I was so relieved to finally have an answer to my seizures and a plan for my headaches.
However, that relief was short-lived. I had a new unwanted guest that started acting up more. This was migraines. I remember having headaches as a child and even in my first years of teaching, but was not diagnosed until I was thirty. In fact, I realized that the headaches that had plagued me earlier in life were in fact migraines. Wow, a name to that pain. What I didn’t know was how they would turn from an unwanted house guest to a terrible monster. If this monster has entered your life or the life of someone you know I also want you to know that there is hope. Don’t give up and know there is support for you. You are not alone. I had no idea how severe the pain or other symptoms would become. This road has not been easy, but I am finding ways to live life better with this disease. You should get to love the life you live right? Sometimes that has meant choosing my focus and giving myself grace.