Hold Fast to Dreams

As in past years, our team of patient writers here at Migraine.com 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, Day 11, is:  “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes

One of the biggest dreams I've had surrounding Migraine Disease for quite some time is that eventually we'll learn enough about the condition that no one living with it has to deal with the things I and so many of you have throughout our journey. I've never felt this desire more than since I've been pregnant with my little girl.

I'm in my 36th week of pregnancy, and while I haven't been dwelling on the question of whether she'll develop Migraine, the thought has certainly crossed my mind. Luckily, it's been in a very hopeful, determined way. I have so much hope that things can be better for her than they have been for anyone younger than her if she ends up inheriting the predisposition for this difficult chronic condition.

One of the best things about becoming involved in Migraine advocacy and education is getting to learn about the wonderful, innovative research that gets closer all the time to better treatment options and potentially even a cure for Migraine. I certainly need this hope for myself, but as a parent-to-be I need this hope even more desperately to mother the little girl we're bringing into the world.

Maybe I wouldn't be quite as concerned if we were having a boy, knowing that men are statistically less likely than women to live with Migraine as adults. Of course, both my father and brother have dealt with Migraine in their lives, so my genetic make up likely wouldn't be of much comfort as far as gender is concerned.

If I was resigned to the notion that my daughter would (a) Definitely live with Migraine and (b) Not know any different life with it than I have, I don't know how I could bring her into this world. I have to hold on to hope, and I'm grateful there are so many reasons to do so.

What about you? How do you hold on to hope and your dreams despite the impact of Migraine on your life right now? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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