• All We Can Do Is Remember

    “It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country, in defense of us, in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding…

  • Tapering off of Lamictal – Part 2

    A few weeks ago, I posted Part 1 of a two part series about Tapering Off of Lamictal. Lamictal is the first of two seizure medications that I am tapering off of. Since Part 1 posted, I continued to decrease by 50 mg every 5 days. Each decrease included the same…

  • Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands - #chronicmigraine #migraine #stigma #chronicillness

    6 Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands

    I live a life in which I have a migraine almost every day. A diagnosis of Chronic Migraine requires that a person have at least 15 Migraine days a month and I blow that out of the water. All of this gives me an understanding that most people do not…

  • The Guilt of Chronic Illness - #chronicillness #guilt #mentalhealth

    The Guilt of Chronic Illness

    Since I’ve been battling daily Hemiplegic Migraine, I’ve had overwhelming feelings of guilt about loads of things. Guilt about not doing things, letting people down, not living up to expectations, not being able to join in with events, having to cancel plans at the last minute, not being able to…

  • New Chronic Migraine Treatment Approved by FDA …

    Yesterday, the FDA approved a new drug called Aimovig. It the first medication designed specifically to prevent migraines. Until now, the only preventative treatments were medications that are actually for something else, mostly High Blood Pressure and Epilepsy. A lot of people are not helped with these medications and are…

  • The Positive Side of Chronic Illness

    It is very easy to list out the negatives of having a chronic illness. The obvious ones may be high medical costs, lack of social life, not being able to participate in family functions and the list could go on and on. Sometimes it is a good idea to think…

  • Book review, audiobook

    Book Review: Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher

    Because of my migraines, I find that I am often not able to read books. I have learned to thoroughly enjoy Audiobooks from Audible. I can play them at a comfortable volume and it helps distract me through my pain. So, I have decided to include an occasional, short book…

  • Sound, chronic illness, migraine,Hemiplegic Migraine, invisible illness

    I Sound too Good to be Sick

    When you have a chronic illness, many things are said to you that seriously make you scratch your head. I realize that the majority of people are well-meaning and are not meaning to hurt feelings or frustrate. They simply are not aware and are trying to help. Their heart is…

  • Phantom smells

    The Truth about Phantom Smells

    One of the Migraine symptoms that my husband and I are able to find humor in is my ability to smell the strangest things before a migraine. This phenomenon is called Phantosmia, Olfactory Hallucinations or in simple terms, phantom smells. Basically, it means smelling things that are not there. It sounds strange…

  • Tapering off of Lamictal - #seizure #medication #withdrawal #migraine

    Tapering off of Lamictal- Part 1

    A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about Taking a Medication Vacation. Getting completely off my 2 seizure medications, that I take to prevent migraines, will take months. This is because each one has to be tapered slowly and each medication has to be done individually. Lamictal is the…