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Dreams & Acceptance: MHAM 2014 Blog Challenge: Day 2

As in past years, our team of patient writers here at is tackling the Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge prompts. All of the prompts and the instructions for participating can be found here: 2014 Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge | AHMA Blog.

The MHAM Blog Challenge prompt for today is: “A Bed of Clouds (a poem to read and ponder).”

When the writer speaks of experiencing real life, as opposed to her dream world, as a nightmare, I have to imagine I’m not alone in being able to completely relate to this. Try as I might to adopt and maintain a healthy relationship with my situation and what is, there are days when it feels impossible not to rage against the unfairness of dealing with so many debilitating symptoms, challenges and setbacks.

But part of what can be so valuable about the temporary escape into that dream world, I think, is the way it can help you shift out of the fight against the realities of your situation and back into an acceptance of the situation as it exists.

Contrary to popular belief, fighting against acceptance is what leads to suffering rather than the symptoms we deal with themselves. If we can find healthier ways to relate to our situation just as it is, we can find some version of peace. And maybe even happiness. Despite Migraine and everything that comes along with it. I think this may be what the writer means when she suggests we not dream our lives away.

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  • peeperview
    5 years ago

    Dianna-Lee, I completely agree with your concept of non acceptance causing more pain, if not all pain. Just in the last month or so I’ve tried describing this to folks; What I’ve begun to experience as the insanely perpetual fight that I never “win”. That there must be a level of acceptance that saves me from that insanity. In the last year or so my migraines have progressed from episodic to chronic, eating up more than 1/2 my life. I’ve learned to accept many things in my life, but this?? Somehow I think I’ve been in denial, trying to convince myself that it’s really not that bad. But it is. How do I get to a place where I’m in acceptance about that?? At peace with that feels very far away. Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. I thank God I found this website.

  • Pendragon
    5 years ago

    “Contrary to popular belief, fighting against acceptance is what leads to suffering rather than the symptoms we deal with themselves”
    That statement has really resonated with me. My migraine, though constant, has developed symptoms (other than pain) somewhat gradually, and only this most recent symptom (dizziness) has been hard to accept. I guess because I feel like it’s more of a game changer than the others, because it really affects my ability to function on a daily basis. But maybe, it’s my fighting of this symptom that has caused me to suffer more than the symptom itself.

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