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5 Hard Conversations to Avoid During the Holidays

5 Hard Conversations to Avoid During the Holidays

Everyone has that one person at their holiday gatherings that has no tact or asks rude questions. This is probably even more noticeable to people that have a chronic illness. We are used to having  hard conversations with those relatives that just don’t know how to keep their opinions to themselves. What Hard Conversations? “Well you don’t look sick” – This is one of the most inconsiderate statements that someone can make to someone that is chronically ill. Most chronic illnesses…

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Migraine Explained: What is an Aura?

Migraine Explained: What is an Aura?

An Aura is a part of the Prodrome Phase (pre-migraine) of a Migraine. These are symptoms that include the most common visual aura can also include sensory and language disturbances. I want to look deeper into what these symptoms are and what they might also be warning you of. What is a Visual Aura? According to Mayo.com, a visual aura is: an electrical or chemical wave that moves across the visual cortex of your brain. The best known visual aura…

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“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – My Weekend Mantra

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – My Weekend Mantra

The weekend wasn’t  a complete bust but it wasn’t a total success either. What I can say is that I did my best and no matter what happened, I persisted! I didn’t stop trying. Over the past few weeks, the weather has been rough. High humidity, High temperatures, storms and the barometric pressure changes have really taken a toll on me. These are all migraine triggers for me and there is nothing I can do about them…except push through. I…

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The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

“The weather is trying to kill me”, this is a statement that I have repeated many times over the past two weeks. I know that it sounds like a crazy statement based on irrational paranoia but it isn’t, I promise. I do realize that the weather can’t kill me but it most certainly can make my life miserable. The past few weeks has been a proverbial barometric pressure roller coaster. The changes in pressure send me into my migraine cocoon…

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Letter to my Brain

Letter to my Brain

Last week, several people wrote letters to their brain. I made a comment on Jay’s post over at beardedigor.wordpress.com that I would be afraid of what I would say. He said I should do it…Challenge Accepted! Dear Brain, What On Earth is going on up there? For the many years you would act up on rare occasions but then you decided to be naughty every single day. It was bad enough when my the right side of my face would droop and…

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4 Ways to Make Something Good Out of Bad

4 Ways to Make Something Good Out of Bad

I am sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. If only life were as easy as adding some sugar and water to some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Unfortunately, life can be down right hard sometimes and can throw things at us that sets our lives spinning. It is much easier to sit back, go on auto-pilot and be angry or depressed. It is much harder to look for ways to make something good come out of it.

The Elusive Sleep and Migraine

The Elusive Sleep and Migraine

It doesn’t seem to matter how much I take care of myself, the one thing I seem to be constantly hunting is a good nights sleep. My inability to sleep effects how well I function during the day and compounded with other triggers, such as weather, can lead to an increase of migraine episodes. Lack of sleep also gives me less “juice” to fight the pain once a migraine episode has begun. Here is how a typical night goes. Around…

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Strobe Light Concerns for Incredibles 2

Strobe Light Concerns for Incredibles 2

Disney Issues Alert after Blogger Posts Concerns on Twitter According to Variety Magazine, Disney issued an alert to moviegoers regarding Incredibles 2 having several scenes that may be harmful to people with photosensitivity. On Friday, Blogger Veronica Lewis posted tweets about these scenes, stating that the strobe light effects went on in several places and they were any where from 30 – 90 seconds each. In her tweets, Veronica says that the movie is “filled with tons of strobe/flashing lights…”….

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2018 Mid-year Review-Lessons Learned

2018 Mid-year Review-Lessons Learned

I think June is a great time to take an inventory of lessons I have learned in the year so far. Although cannot take credit for this revelation because I saw a post like this at ashleighwrites.co.uk. So, go ahead and give her blog post some love, HERE and come back! I liked her idea so much that I decided to do my own mid-year review. Lessons Learned: Loosing people you love is hard and grief doesn’t have a timeline….

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Eliminating Migraine Trigger Food

Eliminating Migraine Trigger Food

Having Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine has taken a lot of things from me but none has been more frustrating than some of the food I can no longer eat. Figuring out food triggers is especially difficult because it is not easy to track. A migraine triggered by food may not happen for up to 48 hours after the food is consumed. Because of this, I made a decision to stop eating some of the major food that is known to trigger…

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