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The Beginning of My Migraine Journey

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.

7 thoughts on “The Beginning of My Migraine Journey”

  1. I do not suffer from migraines, but I know a couple of people who do. They definitely do not seem pleasant. I do battle my own monster, in the form of MS, and am getting ready to share my story as well. This is lovely, and I will check back from time to time to see how you are doing. Thank you!

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