Love letter to me
Today’s Prompt: Write yourself a love letter. Tell yourself how wonderful you are. Remind yourself of the things you have accomplished despite Migraines. There are times when we need to be reminded of the good things about ourselves that others see that we may have missed.Image courtesy of koratmember at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
It has been a long 13 days. You have accepted the challenge to blog daily about life with Migraines. The month started with 3 days of migraine attacks that left you wondering if you might have made a mistake. Would all this focus on Migraines trigger daily pain? You have gone 9…yes read that again…NINE days free from the Migraine beast. It hasn’t taken over your month. Thinking about it and talking about it does not make it worse. It just makes you sad to think of all the things you do each day in the hopes that the next day will be one free from pain.
It also makes you sad to think of all the years you spent trying to hide the depth of your pain. All the days you secretly took medicine far away from prying eyes just so you wouldn’t have to admit that you had “another migraine again”. You spent too much time suffering and not enough time trying to live a healthy life. You allowed yourself to get so sick in an effort to hide how strong Migraines really were. You didn’t need to do that. People saw right through your tough exterior and loved you anyway.
During those secret years you accomplished a great deal between attacks. You joined the Navy, even suffering the indignity of a few Migraine attacks during Basic Training. Then you graduated from college and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Her arrival gave you the courage to finally find a headache specialist. You have accomplished even more with the right treatments. Just look at you now. You are doing the work you always dreamed of in a way that accommodates the special needs of having Migraines. You found a way to make it work. You always do. You have built yourself up and re-made yourself time and time again, refusing to let Migraines knock you out of life completely.
What was that your mother said after you got laid off in 2001? She said, “You always seem to land on your feet.” She’s right you know. No matter how bad it gets, you simply refuse to quit. That’s what gives others hope. They watch you and they see that you don’t quit even when you have every reason to throw in the towel. People respect that about you. Honesty about your health doesn’t diminish you in anyone’s eyes. For the ones who truly matter, it only makes them love you more.
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation.
The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.