Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life Goes On Despite Migraine Disease: Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge

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I'm participating in the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge every day in June.

Today's prompt is: "You Are Beautiful." 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.

I have a tendency to give myself lots of credit for the things I accomplished before my migraines became chronic and next to no credit for the things I've done since despite the extreme burden of this disease.

Before my migraines transformed from episodic to chronic in 2003, I was an overachiever of the highest order. I was always a very engaged child and teenager. I did lots of volunteer work through clubs and my church. I participated in school activities, such as sports, forensics, speech and newspaper. I made good grades and had a nice amount of friends. I had lots of fun, but was still able to keep up with everything and do well despite being a bit of a party girl in my high school years. I was hard on my parents as a teenager, but also gave them a lot to be proud of. After high school, I earned a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications, got married, got a JD and passed the state bar exam (on the first try!).

Slowly chronic migraines began to take over my life until I didn't recognize myself any more. My relationships were strained, and I became unable to work. Since I identified strongly with my job as an attorney, losing it was devastating. I also lost the ability to give myself credit for anything any longer.

Nevermind that I was still a great wife, daughter, sister, friend and person who had a lot to offer the world. What I didn't yet realize is that I had to find a way to reinvent myself so that I could share my talents and education with people on the terms my chronic migraine disease would allow.

Starting this blog was the first step on my path to reinventing myself by helping other migraineurs and myself. By learning as much as I could about migraine disease and writing about it and my experiences with it, I have positioned myself to contribute to the migraine patient community and help others on this same journey.

My marriage and helping others are some of the most important things in my life. As long as I can continue to find a way to make these two things a priority and keep them going strong in my life, I think I'm doing pretty good.

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What have you accomplished despite living with migraine disease? Is it hard for you to give yourself credit for these accomplishments like it is for me?

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National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.