#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 30: Gratitude

Today for the last day of Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, Diana Lee’s (somebodyhealme.com) Photo Challenge Prompt is “gratitude.” I selected a photo of the people for whom I have the most gratitude, who help me the most on a nearly daily basis in fighting my illness. My mom and dad have been fighting for…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 29: Community

I bet I’m not the only one who’s sad that Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is almost over. This month has allowed our community to shine with blog posts, photo challenges, lots of great memes and awareness facts to share, and the conference this weekend in LA, with all its new research. MHAM inspired me…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 23: Nature

While I do love a nice hike in my local nature preserve or even just sitting in my beautiful backyard, by far my favorite form of nature, and the most soothing to me, is the ocean. Other forms of nature might be headache triggers due to odors; strong, tree-filtered light; and allergens like pollen. But…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 19: Self-Portrait

I take a lot of “selfies.” I am proud of how I look, even at 40, and my tattoos add another dimension to my appearance. The middle image in the above triptych is of the tattoo on my left upper arm, a silhouette of me in kindergarten, with a “happy brain” and stars added to…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 16: Distraction

My dog Asia is my best distraction. My kids really distract me too, but are obviously much more than distractions in my life, they are its whole purpose, at times. Facebook is another great distraction, and reading, when I feel well enough…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 15: Technology

Technology, the internet specifically, is how I stay in touch with friends and family. I am no longer working, which makes me feel isolated and without purpose, but connecting with other pain warriors as I join them in spreading awareness eases some of that for me. If it weren’t for technology… I’d have no friends…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 13: Unmasked

“Mask” can have all sorts of meanings, literal and figurative. When we are sad or in pain, sometimes we cover those feelings so as to not make people uncomfortable. Or the pain itself can become like a mask that obscures who we truly are. As for me and this photo, I have a literal mask…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 12: Mood

Quiet, shy and solitary. Elated, happy, involved and social. Sad and introverted, introspective. In pain and hopeless, depressed and devastated. All me, all dependent on the daily status of my migraine disease.

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 11: Sad

Today we got a warning from the City about our “lawn.” I put that in quotes because to me a lawn is landscaped, and ours is just a bunch of ragged grass. J cut it just over a week ago, and it already looks bad. Apparently someone complained about it, because that’s the only time…

Migraine Awareness Month Photo Challenge Day 10: Relief

I took this after my first ER visit last Friday. The little zipper pouch is my purse pill bag, and the sheet is the medications page of my hospital discharge papers. Hydromorphone is Dilaudid, and I got 2 mg at once that morning. Fat lot of good it did me later…