Migraineurs have an acrimonious relationship with our own brains. We see our brains as the cause of our troubles, an enemy to be defeated (or destroyed). After all, we are told that it is within our brains that all the trouble starts. Neurotransmitters, coritcal spreading depression, overactive pain receptors, hypersensitivity to stimuli…it all happens in the brain.
Can you thrive with chronic pain? Millions of people all over the world are living with daily, unrelenting pain. Have you ever wondered how they do it? Maybe you’re thinking “I could never do that!”
Forgetting to take your medicine is an early sign of burnout.
Having a chronic illness makes it difficult to feel hopeful. It’s easier to feel depressed and anxious, too. But it’s not always like that for everyone.
What do you do with unsolicited health advice? The way I see it, I can either gracefully accept it, politely decline it, counter the advice with education, or tear the giver apart in frustration. I completely understand the urge to give in to the latter. After all, even well-meaning advice is often base in ignorance.
Inspired by a post from Kerrie Smyres on Migraine.com, I began rating migraines differently, using a “red/yellow/green light” system to track the quality of my life each day. After about […]
I’m bound to get some blow-back just from the title of this article. So let’s start by acknowledging the truth. There is a lot of suffering in this world. Horrible, […]
I have multiple chronic illnesses. Cures are not expected in my lifetime. I still have hope that my doctors and I can find ways to better manage the symptoms. Nevertheless, […]
How many of us have said these statements either in our heads or out loud to a trusted loved one? Were we thinking about suicide when we said it? Maybe. Maybe […]
Wow, what a crazy three weeks! Shortly after my last post, my family and I decided to take a leap of faith and move to a new city. It all […]