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Thanks for being there

I’ve been having a crappy weekend, health-wise. Luckily my migraine (which will dissipate for a few hours and then come creeping, not roaring, back) isn’t severe enough that I can’t do my regular things. I was able to spend some good QT with Jim this weekend, even if some of that time included watching an abysmal movie. I spent time outdoors, got my first-ever new book order from a book wholesaler (my first big event is coming up and so my first shipment arrived—feels so exciting!). I had some good meals and a barely-necessary, completely wonderful, indulgent nap yesterday afternoon. So I’m thankful.

But I’m still a little bummed. My sister just moved to town (hooray! She’s a 4 minute walk away instead of a 16-hour drive!), and I’d wanted to hang out with her more this weekend. Some friends had parties and rock shows, and I wasn’t able to stay up late enough to attend. In some cases, I could have shown up, but I would’ve been operating at about 70%. I missed my Saturday volunteer shift at the library, which makes me upset because I don’t like letting people down and I really enjoy spending a couple hours at the Library Store, where patrons can purchase books and gifts and have all proceeds go to the library.

So even though this migraine didn’t knock me on my a**, it still put a damper on my weekend.

That damper was lifted when I started sifting through recent blog comments that needed to be moderated. (I must approve all comments before they post online, and I’m not always so good at remembering to check for new comments—sorry if you’re someone who’s been waiting to have her/his comment posted!) You guys are going through so much and you still have the time to reach out to me and share your story. Sometimes you just write a little “hang in there” message; at other times you say things that bring me to tears, things like, “At last someone understands me.” You mean so much to me and I’m grateful to have you in my life, even if it’s just through this blog.

Stay as healthy and positive as you’re able, and don’t ever hesitate to reach out and say hello or let me know what you’re going through. By sharing stories we become stronger.

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  • Becky Roy
    8 years ago

    This is what I needed to hear today. With it turning into a rough day, this was a blessing. I just recently found this website. I have had migraines for over 10 yrs & felt like I was the only one that had daily headaches & migraines.I felt alone, until I found this site. It has been so encouraging just to talk with others that know the feeling. I hope your weekend gets better.

  • Deborah Clark
    8 years ago

    You, Teri Robert, and Ellen Schnakenberg, have been a blessing to me. Reading your posts and knowing your not alone, makes it easier to deal with this awful disease. Sometimes when I really had enough, one of you will post something that hits home. Thank you for sharing with us. Putting things down into words is not my strong point. I am so happy there are people like you! Hoping you have a pain free weekend.

  • Amrita Bhowmick, MPH moderator
    8 years ago

    Cindybear & Ellen – We’ve just posted an answer from Dr. Susan Hutchinson on the Blog. Take a look and let us know what you think!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    9 years ago


    Welcome to the community – we’re so glad you’re here 🙂

    My own neurologist (he’s since moved away) had a family member with hemiplegic Migraine. Even though he was a neurologist himself, he said these were very scary. I haven’t heard that these are hormonally related, but it will be very interesting to see what response you get both here and in the Ask the Expert section. Very good question – thanks for bringing it up here!!!

  • Amrita Bhowmick, MPH moderator
    9 years ago

    Hi Cindybear – Welcome to the community! I’m glad you have found the articles and comments to be helpful. You may hear back from other community members regarding hemiplegic migraine and menopause; in the meantime I have included your question in our list for “Ask the Experts.” Thanks!

  • cindybear
    9 years ago

    I’m new to this community but I have already read some helpful articles and comments that are posted here. I have suffered from migraine disease for nearly 45 years (beginning at age twelve). When I was in my early thirties I was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine (causing temporary one-sided paralysis). I later discovered that several other people in my family had similar attacks, although not as frequently as I do. I was wondering if anyone else has similar attacks. If so, did they become more frequent after menopause?

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