Sunday Thoughts on Living with Migraine - Thank You

Happy-Sunday-ChalkGood afternoon, and happy Sunday to my extended Migraine and Headache family!

What I want to say today is pretty short and sweet... well, perhaps a bit bittersweet.

It's been a tough couple of weeks for me due to losing our sweet cat Ali. Ali was my dear, dear Migraine buddy. She had been slowing down, which at first, I didn't worry about too much because she was an elderly kitty. We don't know how old she was, only that she was an adult when we adopted her, and she was with us for 17 years. When it appeared that she might be in pain, we took her to the veterinarian, where we learned that she had arthritis and breast cancer, and was, indeed, in pain.

Ali131101-200Today, I want to thank everyone who has sent condolences and thank everyone for their love and kindness during this horribly difficult period. Your support means more to me than I know how to express. Undoubtedly, you've helped a great deal.

Do you have a special Migraine Buddy? When I told my editor at HealthCentral about Ali, she suggested that I write a about her for the HealthCentral Migraine site. Then, when I turned the piece in to be edited, she also suggested that I invite others to share the story of their Migraine Buddies. If you have a special Migraine Buddy (person or pet), and you'd like to share about them, please take a look at My Migraine Buddy Ali — Who's Yours? There's a link at the end of the piece to submit your story to be published on HealthCentral.

Again, thank you so much for your kindness and support!

Live well,

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Sunday Thoughts on Living with Migraine 7/24/16

Happy-SundayGood Sunday afternoon to my Migraine and Headache family. It's a beautiful day here in West Virginia — pleasantly sunny with a nice breeze and no drastic weather changes predicted in the next couple of days. I hope the weather where you are is being kind to you and that your head is being kind to you today.

I spent a couple of days in Phoenix last week. Wow! Talk about hot. It's definitely not a time to be spending a lot of time outdoors there unless you do well in temperatures over 100 degrees.

For a while now, I've known that I really need to learn to travel lighter. When I went to a conference last month, I had a carry-on, my backpack, plus the Spring TMS device for my Migraines to take on the plane, and the suitcase I checked weighed 53 pounds. I had enough trouble getting my luggage from the baggage carousel at the air port out to a taxi, and more trouble when I got to my hotel only to find that there were no bellmen to be found. I was sharing a room with a friend who breezed in with two carry-on sized bags for the entire week. Grrrrrrrrrr. OK. If she could travel that lightly, I could certainly do better.

Travel-LightSo, here's my attempt at doing better. I switched to a slightly larger backpack that would hold my laptop and most of the items from my carry-on. The big job was convincing myself that I didn't need those extra shoes, the extra tops I tend to pack, the spare pair of pajamas, and all the other "stuff" that really could be left at home. The suitcase I packed was a smaller one than usual, one that I could actually drag off the luggage carousel at the airport with minimal effort.

My reason for sharing this with you today is that some of my friends who also have Migraines have said they have some of the same issues I have with packing and ending up with luggage that's unwieldy and makes travel more difficult.

I'm happy to report that I did indeed have everything I needed, and it was so much easier to travel this way. For my next trip to Arizona, I'll need to take more clothes since I'll be there four days longer, but I'm determined to take less than I've taken before and to enjoy how much easier it is to travel with less.

If you have any packing or travel tips, please leave a comment to share therm!

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For My Beautiful Migraine and Headache Family

Beautiful275Problem Migraines and Headaches can really bring us down, not only physically, but emotionally as well. They can sap our strength, our self-confidence, sense of self-worth, and our hope. These are issues we need to work on, and one very important reason we need to work on them is that our self-perception so strongly affects how other people perceive us.

Every human being is indeed beautiful, but Headaches and Migraines can make it harder for us to remember that and claim it for ourselves. Sometimes, we can use some help in this area. So, today, I want to share a video with you. In this video, Carole King performs a song that I fell in love with years ago.

Please view this video and listen to the song knowing that I care for you, and I know that you ARE INDEED beautiful. I listen to this song to start out each day. Maybe you'll want to bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you need a reminder that you're beautiful.

Live well,

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