Year in Review

It's hard to believe that, as I write this, 2012 is only hours away. The last months of my life have been among the most difficult and the most meaningful of my life.

From a career perspective, I am pretty proud of myself. I write for an influential website,, that is helping migraineurs like me every day. I still moonlight as a professional medical editor--that job provides a good outlet for my perfectionistic ways, as it gives me the chance to be nitpicky in a place where it’s actually very helpful to be nitpicky. And, first and foremost, I expanded my business from an online and events-based book selling company to a full-service, brick-and-mortar bookshop on my favorite block in my favorite town. I am indeed very blessed.

When I began writing my then-anonymous blog, The Migraine Girl, many years ago, I never dreamt I'd tell anyone my real name, let alone share the blog with thousands of readers. But as time went on, I got more readers who were grateful to have someone give voice to what they went through each day as migraineurs. Last year when the opportunity to write for came up, I thought working with the site would give me good structure and a steady schedule that would encourage me to keep up with the blog I’d neglected off and on over time. Since becoming a blogger here I've had countless amazing opportunities. I finally met some migraine blogger friends in real life, which was quite meaningful for me. I went to some National Headache Foundation conferences and events and got to connect with migraine specialists and patients alike. I had the chance to advocate for more migraine research dollars in D.C. as part of Headache on the Hill, and my buddies and I got to sit with the incomparable Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) while he vowed to do more for migraineurs. I interviewed Cindy McCain and Serene Branson, and I somehow ended up on the cover of the Athens Banner-Herald. Most rewardingly, though, I got to talk to so many friends and strangers alike who have made a concerted effort to take a more proactive role in their migraine care.

Here's to a happy, healthier new year. A year ago today I would’ve had a hard time believing you if you’d had told me what 2011 had in store. I bet this coming year is even more incredible for us all.

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