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What if we finally had a cure?

I’m not talking about trigger identification and elimination, a treatment that finally works, or a special diet. I’m talking about a real, honest-to-goodness cure that stops our brains from being so sensitive in the first place.

We wouldn’t need medications or supplements to achieve this either. There would be no more handfuls of pills, med trays, or pharmacists who know us by name. Just a simple, short-term treatment that forces our brains to behave normally and then we’re done FOREVER.

We’d have no more restrictions. We could eat whatever we want, go to loud concerts, bathe ourselves in our previously-favorite perfume, drink that red wine and absolutely nothing bad will happen. “Paying for it” would be an outdated concept. We finally be free.

What is the first thing you would do?

Just take a moment to let that soak in…let yourself dream.


I’d plan a camping trip with family and friends. Weather would not be a concern. I’m the mother of an Eagle Scout — I’ve got enough gear to thrive wet or dry, hot or cold.

I can already feel the warmth of the fire and smell the burning wood. We’d bury foil-covered vegetables in the hot coals to bake and grill steaks over the fire. For desert we’d fill cored apples with cinnamon candies, cover them in foil, and bake them in hot coals, too. Just for fun, we’d roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

Someone would bring a guitar and start a round of singing. I can almost feel the chill in the air. Wrapped in a blanket and sitting by the fire, I’d curl up with my sweetie and my dog. There’d be no hotels or campers for this gal. Just give me an all-weather tent and a sleeping bag.

Birds would gently wake me in the cool morning mist. There’s nothing quite like steaming breakfast burrito of juevos, chorizzo, and queso when it’s cooked outdoors on a cast iron skillet over the still hot coals. With bellies full, we’d take off for a day of hiking, canoeing, and maybe even some target practice with some .22 rifles…

The hobby I lost

I miss it so much. I hated to give it up. Unfortunately, the smell of burning wood and weather changes are huge triggers. I would spend most of my day huddled in the tent with makeshift comfort items begging God to make it stop. It just wasn’t fun anymore if everything about camping triggered a migraine attack. I wanted to be outside laughing and playing with everyone else. Instead, I spent my weekends in unnecessary misery. So, for the last five years, my family has gone without me. I insisted they do this because I didn’t want to be the reason they missed out on so much fun.

No doubt, I’d get it back.

If we finally had a cure, I’d plan at least a full week of camping out in the middle of nowhere just for me and my husband. When we got back, I’d join a BSA Venturing Crew, book the next trip to Philmont or Northern Tier, and I wouldn’t stop there.
What would you do if we finally had a cure?

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  • Bill_in_336
    4 years ago

    I’m going out, having a couple of beers with my friends and going to bed not worry about waking up with a screaming migraine headache the next day.

  • JoG
    4 years ago

    I would go to bed without the dread of knowing that when I’m woken, it will be because I have a force 10 migraine.

  • JayAnne
    4 years ago

    My bucket list on Pinterest is empty, and I have a very good reason for it. I cry when I can’t be with my family because the sun, heat, wind, sounds, send me wimpering home. I cry when I think about all I miss and will miss. So I am learning to be content right where I am. You bet I am trying everything under the sun to get rid of my 15 year migraine companion, but until that happens, I am going to find the delights of where I am- the delights of the purring cats that stay right by me when I feel especially bad- the delights of the big screen TV that my husband bought me so I can explore the world vicariously- the taste of ice cream as it cools pounding head- the sweet companionship of a man who is content to sit by me when I can’t do anything- he says it makes him happy to be with me. I want a cure, but I want more to be content.

  • D.Manning
    4 years ago

    If there were finally a cure, I would eat all the gluten stuff I like and really miss! I would get my gym membership back asap! I would have a beer, a glass of wine and attend a concert with the loudest music! I would be one happy chic

  • Holly H.
    4 years ago

    Go to a social event. Sit all the way through a church service. Get in my car and drive anywhere I wanted to go. Go to a movie. Be able to verbalize what I’m wanting to say.
    And like Kaz said, no more constantly explaining to folks regarding “The Why” of what I do/don’t do/eat/avoid/etc.
    Sleep without aura; read without aura; watch TV without aura; no constant nausea without aura; ANYTHING and EVERYTHING without aura!

  • i3nboc
    4 years ago

    I would eat pizza, bagels, cured meats, and lots of other wonderful foods…Recently, I am looking at the prospect that my migraines may do away with weightlifting too…I have been weightlifting on weekends for over 20 years, and a few weekends ago, it seems that the attacks have finally evolved outside of the food realm…The attacks started within several hours after returning home with the most recent attacks just this past weekend…I hope that isn’t the case… 🙁

  • KAZ
    4 years ago

    I would wear my Mother’s perfume when I missed her (often). I would garden, because weather, mold and wind can all be triggers. I would LOVE the rain/storms again. I would eat shrimp again! I would eat Peanut Butter! I WOULDN’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY I’M (not) DOING, EATING, WATCHING, LISTENING TO (fill in the blank)! I would finish some of my unfinished project(s) that gnaw at me when I try to rest.

    4 years ago

    Oh I would ride a roller coaster…I love riding roller coasters. I would go find the biggest roller coaster and ride with my 11 year old and not worry that my brain would get sick afterward with the biggest migraine from being shaken to death. I would eat spaghetti sauce since somehow tomato sauce seems to trigger a smell response….some days. I would sew more often because sitting at the machine always seems to trigger a headache. I would push myself to work harder on projects around the house because working to exhaustion would not trigger a migraine. So many possibilities…

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