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Sunday Thoughts on Living with Migraine - Still Proud

Fall-SundayGood morning, and happy Sunday to my Migraine and Headache family. As always, I wish we could have a day when nobody in our community has a Migraine or Headache, but since that's just a beautiful wish, I'll hope that the day is treating all of you as well as possible.

All of the months leading up to the recent Presidential election were... well, I'd say difficult, but that's an understatement. I can't think of a word that adequately describes it. By the time election day arrived, I'm sure many of us with Migraine were impacted by the stress. I know I certainly was. Although stress itself isn't a Migraine trigger for me, there are other triggers I have to watch out for during stressful times - dehydration, skipping meals, messed up sleep.

I first voted in the Presidential election of 1972, the year I turned 18, and the first time 18 year old citizens could vote. I was excited about it because I love my country, and I see voting as both a privilege and a responsibility.

In the years since then, I've never seen anything as shameful as the rhetoric spewed forth during this last election. Never. Although still proud of our country, I was truly ashamed of many people. The issues were nearly lost in the vitriolic stream of name-calling and worse. It didn't stop with the candidates, and it didn't end with the election.

The FREEDOM OF SPEECH that we enjoy and that allows us to state our views doesn't give us the right to devolve into UNpeaceful protests, property damage, and threats. The election is over, and everyone on both sides should be moving forward and being gracious toward others. Our country and our citizens face many enormous challenges, and we'll only overcome them if we work together.

Anyway, I came across a video yesterday that I think everyone will love. Please note that the song is performed entirely a cappella. Even the snare drum sounds are made by one of the vocalists. Please, sit back, relax, enjoy the song, and remember why you're proud to be an American.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1

 

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Sunday Thoughts on Living with Migraine - Victim or Victor?

Fall-SundayHappy Sunday to my Migraine and Headache family. It's inevitable that some of you have a Migraine or Headache today, but I hope you're having as good a day as possible. 😍

This past week, I had occasion to think quite a bit about people who think of themselves as a victim of Migraine disease. Some even call themselves victims.

Before I go on, let's look at the definition of victim from Dictionary.com:

  • Victim: "a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency."

If you consider what we experience during a migraine attack as suffering and consider Migraine disease an injurious agency, I guess a case could be made for calling Migraineurs victims of Migraine disease. However, I truly dislike the connotations of the word "victim," don't like or want to feel like a victim, and don't want to be seen as one by others.

Victor"Victim" is a word I'd just as soon wipe from my vocabulary. A far better word is "victor," which is defined by Dictionary.com as:

"As person who has overcome or defeated an adversary."

Please think about it for a moment. We have a choice. We can choose to let ourselves be victIMs of Migraine disease, or we can choose to be victORs.

When I had my first Migraine 50+ years ago, there weren't many Migraine treatment options, but that has changed dramatically over the years. Today...

  • We have abortive medications that work to stop the Migrainous process and the symptoms of the Migraine attacks - triptans such as Imitrex (sumatriptan), Maxalt (rizatriptan), Zomig (zolmitriptan), etc.; ergotamines such as DHE and Migranal; and the Midrin equivalent medications. Some of the triptans are now FDA approved for children as young as six.
  • There are so many preventive treatment options that it would take in excess of 25 years to give each of them a 90-day trial.
  • There are doctors who specialize in the treatment of Migraine and other Headache disorders.

We can choose to be proactive and work with our doctors as treatment partners so that we control Migraine rather than it controlling us. We have to keep at it, but we can overcome Migraine.

Which do you choose - victIM or victOR?

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1

 

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