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    Gift Ideas For Kids of Parents With Migraine

    With the holidays approaching you are undoubtedly looking for some gift ideas for kids in your life. Since I have been diagnosed with chronic migraine, I’ve given up fighting the long lines, crowds, and fluorescent lights of the malls to get my family gifts. My shopping experience now involves sitting on my couch and happily placing orders through Amazon Prime in my yoga pants. I don’t know why anyone would do it any other way! Here is a list of my top 15 gift ideas for kids of parents with migraine. These are quiet and calm toys and activities that the kids can play with on their own or with…

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    Gift Ideas For Moms With Migraine

    Just like other moms with migraine, I’d love nothing more than a neatly wrapped box full of sleep with a bow on top for my upcoming birthday and holidays. However, since it is unlikely that uninterrupted good night sleep is in my future, I will settle for something less abstract. My only requirement is that my presents or those for my kids do not trigger migraine attacks! And if the presents can help to manage my migraine condition, then it’s a bonus. If your loved ones happen to be moms with migraine, here is a list of gift ideas that will make their life with chronic illness a little easier…

  • A mother, daughter and son sit on a bench as she parents with migraine
    Migraine,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    Parenting With Migraine: Putting the Pain Aside

    It usually starts out the same way. I feel tingling in my temple on one side of my head.  I stop what I’m doing and listen to my body. Was this a false alarm? As I walk to the kitchen to retrieve my Ginger supplements, I now feel the nagging and aching sensations in my neck on the same side. I am pretty sure a migraine attack is on the horizon so I devour two Ginger capsules. My hope is they will keep the pain away because parenting with migraine was not on the calendar today. (Spoiler alert: they don’t).  Navigating Through Conflict in Pain It’s 7:30 a.m. and I…

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    Migraine Advocacy

    Top Takeaways from the World Brain Day 2019

    On July 22, 2019, the World Federation of Neurology and International Headache Society joined forces to celebrate the most unprecedented World Brain Day. Each year, the World Brain Day focuses on a different theme. This was the first time, it was dedicated to migraine in an effort to raising migraine awareness. The panelists during the webinar did an impeccable job sharing the painful truth about migraine with the world. The key messages during the webinar covered the topics of research, disability, prevalence and education. It was heartbreaking to hear that migraine is the most common brain disease in the world, affecting 1 in 7 people worldwide. It is a major, disabling…

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    Migraine Advocacy

    World Brain Day 2019

    I was first diagnosed with chronic migraine during my two pregnancies. For years I was having daily migraine attacks and the little break from pain I did have I spent in postdrome or prodrome. (Read my full story here.) Despite my supportive family, I felt lonely and truly thought I was the only one struggling with this debilitating illness. Discovering the Migraine Strong community on Facebook opened a whole new world up to me. I learned about the migraine disease and how to take control of it. I met other beautiful and strong people who are going through life dealing with the burdens of migraine. All of a sudden, the…

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    Migraine,  Migraine Advocacy

    How To Be A Migraine Advocate

    Updated June 5, 2020 June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Every year, in June, migraine advocates, health care providers, and various organizations combine their efforts to raise migraine awareness. Migraine Strong stands with all of them by raising migraine awareness to eliminate the stigma. As you may know, Migraine Strong is led by 4 strong women who also have migraine. Each one of us used our experiences of pain and transformed them into passion to advocate and help people take control of migraine. Migraine is a debilitating neurological disease that affects 39 million men, women and children in the United States and 1 billion worldwide. Migraine is prevalent, destructive,…

  • Enjoy reading again with these strategies while suffering from #chronicillness or #chronicmigraine | Migraine Strong
    Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  Mindfulness,  Reading

    5 Tips To Enjoy Reading With Chronic Migraine

    On days when chronic migraine symptoms are especially challenging, reading can offer an escape from daily struggles, an opportunity to practice mindfulness, or new information to manage our illness. Books can inspire us, educate us, comfort us. I have always loved to read. Yet, I had to place a temporary hold on this hobby a few times during my life, like when I went to law school and when my episodic migraine morphed into chronic migraine. Chronic migraine dramatically changed my life. For quite some time it took over my identity and with it my love for reading. I have come a long way from those dark and painful days.…

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    Migraine,  Mindfulness

    How To Thrive, Not Just Survive, With Chronic Migraine

    Over the last five and a half years, I got married, had two beautiful children, and had gone to hell and back surviving chronic migraine. Although many women with migraine find relief during pregnancy and breastfeeding, I experienced the opposite reaction. Hormone fluctuations, stress, sleepless nights with newborns, and medication overuse headaches all played a role in transforming my episodic migraine into chronic. During what was supposed to be a joyful and exciting time of motherhood, I struggled with severe head pain, nausea, vomiting, depression, and hopelessness. Surviving Chronic Migraine As I was being sucked deeper into this illness, my pain days gradually increased to where I was experiencing pain…

  • Marina discusses her journey with chronic migraine and how pregnancy and becoming a mother affected her symptoms. #chronicmigraine #migrainemom #mommybrain
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Motherhood,  Rebound

    Surviving Chronic Migraine and Motherhood

    Chronic migraine and motherhood is similar to the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character was stuck reliving the same day over and over again. He woke up in his Bed and Breakfast to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio every morning knowing that he was trapped in a time loop of which no one else was aware. That’s what it felt like when I woke up every morning suffering with chronic migraine which began when I got pregnant. Migraine was nothing new to me. I’ve had episodic migraine (defined as less than 15 headache days per month), since I was 13. Excedrin Migraine and…