Saturday, June 01, 2013

Chronic Migraine Mask: 2013 MHAM Blog Challenge #1

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Today's Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge prompt is: Phantom of the Opera: What do you hide behind your Migraine/Headache Disorders mask? What do you let people see?

I really don't hide much of anything behind my Migraine mask. This is mainly because I've been blogging about my life with Migraine for seven years and because I feel a strong sense of responsibility to be completely open and honest about what I'm dealing with. 

The latter point is for two main reasons. First, I feel a sense of responsibility to my readers and everyone I share educational content about Migraine with to put it all out there to help them feel less alone. Second, by being completely open I hope my one little voice can start to break down the stereotypes and stigma that negatively impact all of us living with Migraine and Headache Disorders.

All that being said, however, there are a few things I find it harder to be open about on a regular basis.

The main thing is guilt. I do open up about guilt, but it's a harder subject for me than some other topics. I feel so very much guilt about the situations that have arisen as a result of living with Chronic Migraine the past 10 years. It weighs on me more than I admit.

I feel guilty about the uneven burden my husband bears, my inability to contribute to our finances in what I consider a meaningful way, my parents having to help us so much, the impact on people I love and even the limits it imposes on my ability to advocate for and educate other people living with Migraine.

Learn more about the MHAM Blog Challenge and 
other MHAM events by visiting:

2013 Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Information Page

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by

Content by Diana E. Lee

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.