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Migrane Awareness MonthHow does living with Migraine or another Headache Disorder impact your financial situation?

Like many other people who live with Chronic Migraine, my financial situation has been dramatically impacted by this disease. I was the main breadwinner in our household with a full time, good paying, professional job. Chronic Migraine turned me into an unemployable person on disability.

My work here at Migraine.com has allowed me some additional income, for which I'm incredibly grateful. This income and my disability benefits don't add up to much, but it's something. It makes a difference in helping us make ends meet and allowing me to feel a much needed sense of contribution.

Then you've got the enormous financial burden of living with and treating chronic illnesses. Turbo Tax informed me this year that my itemized deductions were high compared to my income, flagging our return as an audit risk. I couldn't help but laugh because that's the reality of our lives with Chronic Migraine. I pay so much in medical bills that I can deduct them from my taxes. It's not as though I want to deal with an audit, but what am I supposed to do? Not take the tax breaks afforded to people like me? I think not.

Learn more about the 2013 MHAM Blog Challenge and other MHAM events by visiting: 2013 Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Information Page

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

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