Community Thoughts: What Would You Do If We Finally Had a Cure?

With all the time, effort, and resources that must be used towards dealing with migraine, every once in a while it can be fun to daydream about what it would be like if there was finally a cure. Inspired by Tammy’s recent article, “What if we finally had a cure?”, we asked our Facebook community for their thoughts! Check out the responses to the question: “What would you do if we finally had a cure?”

I’d finally relax!

  • Finally be able to breath and not look over my shoulder for the next migraine!
  • I’d feel peace!!
  • Not worried anymore about what the weather will do to my head.
  • Just live my life…
  • I would just simply LIVE!
  • I’d know what quality of life meant.

I’d party and travel!

  • Hold a massive party and go on holiday with my family. Have a glass of wine. The list is endless.
  • I’d have a party with all of the friends I don’t get to see/visit anymore! Then I would find work – ohhh the dream.
  • Go on vacation far from my doctors!
  • Travel outside my bubble. My migraines make me feel like I’m living in the Truman show sometimes.
  • Turn on a strobe light and party!
  • Dress to the nines, including perfume (which I can’t do often because TRIGGER). Head out swing dancing ALL NIGHT, with cocktails, a live big band, and all the handsome men I can flirt with. Close the joint down because I’m having fun, not leave early because my head can’t take it anymore.
  • Party and dance! Drink!
  • Go to the beach or an outdoor concert!
  • Do a jitter bug
  • I’d quit my job on go on tour permanently. Phish tour that is.
  • Long flights to see the world!
  • See the U.S.A. in my Chevrolet

I’d eat and drink what I want!

  • Eat a chocolate bar
  • Have a glass of red wine!
  • Eat cheese
  • Drink hard cider occasionally
  • Go out and have a 10 course Chinese meal!!!!!!!
  • I’d have a beer!
  • I’d eat without fear

I have very specific things I would do…

  • Go camping and SMELL the camp fire
  • I’d shop. Like a ‘normal’ person. I’d go in stores with flourescent lighting fearlessly. And try on perfume. And smell candles. And walk near or even down the cleaning supplies aisle without holding my breath. I’d go into beauty supply stores and even try going into Lush for the first time! Maybe buy something fragrant for my bath.
  • I’d go to the outdoor markets and spend as long as I liked regardless of the temperature or sunlight. I’d eat outside at a cafe’. And I’d be able to walk down the streets under flashing neon lights at night. I wouldn’t even have to cross the street or hold my breath if there were smokers sharing the sidewalk. All the obstacles would be gone.
  • I would be able to help my daughter with her homework. Help her improve her grades.
  • Some days I can’t even talk or make much sense. It would be nice to have my brain back, for it to function like it used to. To enjoy sights and smells like I used to.
  • I think I would drive for longer than 10 minutes that would be nice to feel that freedom again without it triggering a migraine.
  • Go for an awesome exercise class that I wouldn’t worry about getting over heated.
  • I would finally spend my money on something other than migraine medications.
  • I wouldn’t have to take all this awful medication!!
  • I’d be able to go out without having to bring the pharmacy in my purse!
  • Be reliable.
  • Sleep in on the weekend.
  • Walk in the Yankee candle store.
  • I’d work out every day!
  • Make plans without fear
  • Go outside during the day. Go to any public place, no matter the lighting.
  • Take a nice long walk in the sunshine. I think I miss that the most.
  • I would live life to it’s fullest. I would also lose my weight.
  • Hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim.
  • LAUGH!!! AGAIN!!!
  • Be more spontaneous
  • Tan at the beach more
  • Go to a ball game
  • I’d go out in the sun and pull weeds.
  • I’d go to the lake or the river and smile and play.
  • I’d take down all of the depressingly dark curtains I have nailed to my wall and put up something bright and pretty.
  • Go outside without fear, plan outings without fear… all the money we could do other things with if we were not paying hundreds of dollars a month just for migraine medications

I’d work on my goals!

      • Find a job and catch up on bills.
      • Go back to work as a Nurse, my dream.
      • I’d be able to go back to school, finish my degree and get a better job.
      • I’d go back to law school.
      • Join the peace corps.
      • Since the migraines come on suddenly and are debilitating I have had to cancel plans to get my scuba diving license. Therefore…I’d get my diving license!
      • I’d stop missing work and keep my home clean like I used to.
      • Finish all those projects I started so long ago.
      • Train for and complete a marathon!

I’d have so much joy and gratitude…

  • If we suddenly had a cure, a true cure and it truly worked, I’d break down into tears sobbing uncontrollably because this pain, nauseous, etc., that I feel literally every single day, would be coming to an end.
  • Oh the wonders that could take place for all of us if so indescribable and a joyful thing.
  • I would breathe a deep sigh of relief, and feel super grateful to whomever discovered the cure!

I’d spend time with family and friends!

  • Go see my grandchildren.
  • Spend more time with my family and friends.
  • Plan a day for me and my children. So I can take them out and do whatever it is they want to do. I would love to be able to go to the bounce house with them, or to Chucky Cheese.
  • Entertain, go out, paint the house, push my profession, be a better mummy, Camp, sail, hike, surf, free dive, canoe, sea kayak… do everything and take the kids
  • I’d book a 2 week long holiday to the beach for me and my kids!
  • I would entertain family and friends more.

Comments

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  • Michelle
    3 years ago

    I would go back to my regularly-scheduled life.

  • Sarah
    3 years ago

    I’d work a normal workweek again. I’d enjoy the fireworks again. (I live in Disney’s backyard, literally.) I’d plan a solo road trip again…or maybe one with friends…I don’t care. I’d give my apartment the thorough cleaning that it so desperately needs. I’d go back to being my normal happy, optimistic self. I’d sleep at night again. I wouldn’t feel like I was letting my friends and family down because I wouldn’t have problems making plans and then following through on them. I’d be less tired all the time. Oh, the dreams.

  • Gina
    3 years ago

    I would be so unbelievably grateful! Then I would discover what I am capable of doing and being as a person without daily pain and fatigue! Since I have had migraines since I was 2, which is now 64 years ago, my life has been defined and restricted by them, and my personality shaped by them.To be able to travel, socialize,create,work, and laugh way more!Gosh, I am not sure my family and friends would recognize me! It is a fantastist possibility to dream about!

  • hates bright lights
    3 years ago

    I guess I’m so used to pushing through with migraines, that unless it’s such a bad one, I do. That is because for many years I was a single mom going through a divorce, a nasty custody battle, finally the migraine diagnosis, that I keep on going on. So this past August when a sudden trip to Disneyworld arose, I went. And I went on the rollercoasters, and I walked in the heat. But I knew my limits. Amd I took my meds when I needed them. I go to the movies, I have the glass of beer, a margarita or two. I have stopped reading those lists of triggers because it seems everything is a trigger.. I know my triggers and avoid them. Red wine, red grapes, heavy perfume, rain~ can’t help that one. But I live as best I can. And hide under the covers when really, really, really bad.. Two or three times a year.. Since Botox came along.

  • 23r1c5h
    3 years ago

    First, I’d go to the movies with my family.

    Second, go to a Kansas City Chiefs game with my sister.

    Third, after said game, go to a Chinese restaurant and pig out on General’s Tsao’s chicken, crab rangoon, egg drop soup with a big glass of iced tea.

    Fourth, after said Chinese meal, go to a bar and have a bit of the bubbly while eating a dark chocolate bar.

    Fifth, go eat strawberries until I’m sick.

    Sixth, wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

  • Erin
    3 years ago

    First I’d do my happy dance. Second, I would go cage diving in Guadeloupe, with the biggest Great White Sharks in the world.

  • wdjbaxter
    3 years ago

    I don’t even know. It has been so long since I have had a day free from pain that I cannot even imagine it. I think I might just spend a day crying in relief.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 years ago

    This is fantastic, thank you all who shared!

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