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Understanding a Migraine Warrior’s Knowledge
February 16th, 2024
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To understand a migraine warrior’s knowledge, picture an iceberg. The tip of the knowledge iceberg contains the basic facts of being a migraine warrior, visible to anyone who takes the time to see. I usually do not hide my sensitivity to light, sound, and smell from the people around me. The effects of head pain and nausea are obvious to others as the episode escalates.  Television ads and social media posts share the familiar symptoms of migraine and provide information about preventative and abortive treatments for all to see. I talk openly with my doctor about the... Continue Reading

February 16th, 2024
What I Will Not Do with Migraine
January 29th, 2024
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Migraine disease requires certain behaviors from me. More accurately, migraine prevention dictates many aspects of my life. One of the best ways to prevent an attack is to limit exposure to my known triggers. To do this, there are certain things that I will not do. Outdoor events: As much as I would like to go to outdoor concerts, Riverfest activities, and Ketch’s Burger Battle in the park, the risk surpasses the reward. All it takes is one cigarette smoker combined with the Kansas wind to trigger a migraine attack and ruin my day. Outdoor seating at a restaurant carries... Continue Reading

January 29th, 2024
A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way for Migraine Warriors
January 19th, 2024
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Spring was in the air when my husband and I walked into our investment agent’s office for our annual financial review. Considering the state of the markets these days, I wasn’t expecting the office on the other side of the door to hold a pleasant, heartwarming surprise. I was really not expecting that surprise to be related to my migraine disease. After the standard greetings and discussion of how everyone had been doing over the last year, our agent asked me if his office smelled OK for me. His words didn’t register for a moment, as was evident by the puzzled expression... Continue Reading

January 19th, 2024
Sorry, Not Sorry: I Won’t Apologize for Having Migraine Episodes
December 30th, 2023
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Migraine is a fact of life for millions of people, including me. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines migraine illness as: “A type of headache characterized by recurrent attacks of moderate to severe throbbing and pulsating pain on one side of the head. The pain is caused by the activation of nerve fibers within the wall of brain blood vessels traveling inside the meninges (three layers of membranes protecting the brain and spinal cord). How can any rational person expect me to apologize for conditions generated by the internal reaction between... Continue Reading

December 30th, 2023
What Would I Ask for if a Migraine Genie Granted Me 3 Wishes?
December 5th, 2023
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That’s easy. I’d ask for a cure for all migraines so there would no longer be such a thing as migraine warriors. Since I would be able to eat anything without worrying about triggering a migraine, I would also need to wish for the metabolism of a teenager. Then, of course, I’m going to need large sums of cash to celebrate all the things I would be able to do without the hindrance of migraine. Since those three wishes make for a very short article, let’s see what I’d wish for if a straight-up migraine cure was off the table. What three wishes could improve the quality... Continue Reading

December 5th, 2023
How My Migraine Journey Unfolded
November 21st, 2023
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Have your migraines changed as you’ve grown older? Mine, too. My migraine story is nothing special. I have arrived in my postmenopausal years with my migraine disease having evolved alongside the rest of my body in what I describe as a textbook example of life with migraines. In the late 60s, all the 70s, and most of the 80s, I didn’t know my headache problem was anything more than bad headaches. My illness struck only a few times during the year and played out the same each time. The typical order of things was as follows: I squinted at household lights and winced at... Continue Reading

November 21st, 2023
What I’ve Learned on My Migraine Journey
November 6th, 2023
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When I was growing up, my mom often told me, “You need to be able to take care of yourself no matter what life sends your way.” I took her words to heart and developed into an educated career woman who was quite capable of living her own life. Migraine disease has other ideas about how I should live my life and insists on getting in the way from time to time. Like any good story’s villain, migraine desires control over its victim. Most of the time, I’m able to fight my own battles against my illness with assistance from medication and other treatment techniques. Seldom... Continue Reading

November 6th, 2023
Sweet Dreams Migraine Warriors
October 23rd, 2023
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I’m 59 years old. Aging with migraines isn’t all bad. My menstrual cycle-related migraines are long gone, and I’ve acquired the migraine wisdom necessary to develop a working management plan for my illness. I do miss a few things from my youth like metabolism, energy, and the ability to sleep anytime I needed to sleep. From the time I was a toddler until somewhere in my mid to late 20s, sleeping off a migraine was a major player in how I treated an attack. Everything evolves, I suppose. Sleep is harder to come by these days, what with hot flashes, a snoring partner, and... Continue Reading

October 23rd, 2023
Beer, Wine, or Chocolate: Are These Migraine Triggers for You?
August 15th, 2023
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My husband and I have been attending Hops Club once a month for at least 10 years. We gather with fellow craft beer lovers at a local brewery and sample all kinds of different beers. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t alcohol a well-known migraine trigger? The short answer is yes, it can be. Every migraine warrior has a different set of major and minor triggers. For some people, any amount of alcohol will set off an episode. For me, it depends on the type of alcohol, the quantity of alcohol, and the amount of water I drink along with it. I am a complicated woman. When the... Continue Reading

August 15th, 2023
How My Smelly Neighbor Triggered My Migraine Episodes
August 2nd, 2023
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For 8 lovely years, I thrived in the walking culture lifestyle of my favorite home, a condo in the heart of the city. I enjoyed my fairytale dream world until Michelle purchased the condo below ours and turned my dream into a nightmare. It was late 2019, and falling outdoor temperatures marked autumn’s approach to winter. Turning on the heating system, I smelled a familiar, and unwanted, fragrance in every room of the condo. The fragrance seeping out of Michelle’s unit into the halls of the floor below us was suddenly filling every space of my home. Michelle was an extreme... Continue Reading

August 2nd, 2023