Getting to Know Katie
You know what Migraine.com's contributors and moderators think about migraine, but there’s more to us than migraine. We’re doing a Getting to Know… series to introduce you to the people behind the names. We’re sharing information in a variety of formats, but the goal is always the same—to help you get to know us a little better.
I've listed 36 fun facts about me in honor of the 36 million Americans who have migraine.
1. Middle Name: Lynn
2. Siblings: One older brother (who designed the Fightin' Brains logo for Migraine Idaho!).
3. What states have you lived in? Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC and as of June 1, I can say I'm a Californian.
4. Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption and For the Love of the Game.
5. First Concert: James Taylor
6. Favorite Sport: Baseball
7. Name one thing you do everyday: Take a nap. I've seen a shirt that says "I already want to take a nap tomorrow." I need that shirt.
8. Favorite Book: Gratitude by Oliver Sacks. A close friend gave me this for my birthday this year, after the famed neurologist passed away. Wonderful words of wisdom from a magnificent mind.
9. Favorite Quote: Don't Let Your Pain Go To Waste, not sure where I originally heard this, but it sparks me to make a difference every day.
10. Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad and Mad Men
11. Name a place you want to visit: Iceland
12. Do you collect anything? I collect spoons and love to find new ones at thrift stores or estate sales.
13. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Thomas Jefferson and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters...oh yeah and Oliver Sacks and Neil de Grasse Tyson
14. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A princess, a bank teller (which I was), a writer (which I get to do now), a pediatric cardiologist (because I had open heart surgery at age 4), but mostly I always wanted to be on Broadway (I did get to sing and dance with a group in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in high school, which goes through Broadway...does that count?)
15. What scares you? Tractor Trailers.
16. What is one thing you've always wanted to do? Go sky diving.
17. What was the last song you heard? Hand Clap by The Fitz and the Tantrums.
18. Favorite Game: Telephone Pictionary. Look it up and use it at every family get-together!
19. Use three words to describe you: Loyal, supportive,caring. I hope in my old age, I can look back and say I was a Renaissance woman, having built an eclectic resume of things I am proud to have achieved in my lifetime.
20. Do you have any furbabies? I miss my Winnie and Cowboy, both rescue dogs, who have passed away. Luckily most everyone in my family have dogs and I live in a dog-friendly building so it's great to be surrounded by furry friends.
21. What would be your talent at a talent show? Singing... or playfully making fun of my boyfriend.
22. What is the most outrageous thing someone told you would help your migraines? Get pregnant. That came from a doctor, who is clearly not my doctor anymore.
23. What comfort food do you want when you are ready to eat during or after a migraine attack? Salty french fries and a regular coke.
24. Do you use any alternative methods? I use essential oils. I meditate (it's a journey). I also find that yoga is my happy place. I can feel it in my bones if I haven't done it in days.
25. Have you met another person with chronic migraine outside of social media? Yes, I've been fortunate enough to attend several conferences or even have lunch with others in my area. I remember the first time I met a fellow patients, it was like finding a unicorn!
26.What is the kindest thing someone has ever said or don regarding your health? I was with a large group of friends at a lake house, where I spent a large portion in bed. One day I was able to go out on the boat. My friend said she missed me and that she was mad at the migraines for me.
27. Do you have a name for your migraines? Not particularly, but I guess I refer to him as a monster or I say I feel like I got hit by a Mack truck...so maybe I'll call him Mack. I could tell people I'm having a Mack Attack.
28. What song describes your migraines? I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers.
29. On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at faking being well when you have to? I'd give myself an 8. I used to do a lot of acting, which helps. However, if I'm around close family and friends, no matter what I do they can see the pain in my eyes.
30. What is one thing you've done to feel normal, but paid the price the next day (and it was worth it anyway!)? Going to concerts. I love music, but concerts can be tough. I usually have to wear sunglasses on inside while I'm dancing around and singing along. It's worth it, but I have to be more picky about shows I decide to go to.
31. Besides writing for Migraine.com, are you able to work outside the home? No. It's almost been 3 years since I stopped working as a commercial real estate lender. I was just going to take 2 months off to see if it would help, but it didn't. I was approved for Social Security Disability within 5 months of applying and I had a private long term disability policy from my employer. I doubt I'll ever go back to a full-time job. I am blessed to have found writing as a new purpose.
32. Name one thing you miss doing: Being spontaneous.
33. Would you rather have a 3 day migraine attack or a broken arm in a cast for 6 weeks? Broken arm, no doubt about it.
34. Do you have any goals you are working towards? I want to try acroyoga (done with a partner). I'm also entering the Miles for Migraine Race in Philly in October. I'd like to raise $2500.
35. Do you have any advice for someone newly disagnosed? It takes a lot of trial and error to find what helps you the most to manage your migraines. Be patient.
36. Are you watching the Olympics? YES! I absolutely LOVE the Olympics. The things athletes can do with their bodies is truly amazing. Of course gymnastics is fun to watch, but I like swimming and diving competitions.
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?