• Kids engaging in independent play and quiet activities
    Motherhood,  Parenting

    Quiet Activities For Kids When You Have A Migraine Attack

    Anytime I feel the tingling sensations in my temples and my neck tightens while I am at home, I know that a migraine attack is not far behind. I’ve been parenting with chronic migraine for almost 6 years now. It’s been a difficult journey but also one that brought me lots of happiness, laughter and lessons I am sure that most parents agree parenting is difficult. However, when parenting is affected by migraine attacks, it often feels impossible. Since migraine is a spectrum neurological disorder, some parents experience migraine attacks once a month, others a few times a week, and yet there are still others who experience daily attacks.  Being Prepared…

  • wine filled glasses using The Wand by PureWine to have wine without migraine
    Migraine,  Motherhood,  The Bucket Theory,  Wine

    Wine Without Migraine: Try PureWine

    With the weekend coming up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a glass of wine without migraine? Imagine enjoying a glass of red or white wine while enjoying a mom’s night out without suffering from wine sensitivities? How about drinking a cold beer with a few co-workers at a happy hour without any side effects? Sounds too good to be true? Thanks to PureWine, it doesn’t have to be! Alcohol Alcohol is a well recognized migraine trigger. According to American Migraine Foundation, alcohol can trigger a migraine attack anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. People with migraine are also more susceptible to hangovers.  Leiden University Migraine Neuro-Analysis…

  • 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…

  • 8 steps to thrive not just to survive with chronic migraine | Migraine Strong
    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…