Getting to Know Series: Sarah Hackley
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. Here are 36 fun facts about me in honor of the 36 million people in the United States who have Migraine.
- Middle Name: Kate
- Introvert or Extrovert: I’m sort of both. I’m an ENFP on the Myers Briggs scale and a 7 on the Enneagram, which both sort of mean I’m an extrovert who needs a LOT of time to slow down and reflect to stay healthy.
- States I’ve Called Home: Texas, Colorado, Oregon, and New York
- Favorite Movie:Good Will Hunting
- Favorite Sport: Figure skating (I used to compete!)
- Favorite Book: This is a tie between The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. Oddly, both are about brothers.
- Favorite Quote: “Scatter Joy” – Emerson (This is actually a reduction of his original quote, but it has become my life motto.)
- Favorite TV Show: Another tie, this time between Gilmore Girls and Fringe
- Top Bucket-List Activity: Taking a cross-country train ride
- Favorite Game: Cards Against Humanity
- Favorite Activities: Reading, writing, and spending time with my husband
- Favorite Thing to Do On a Night Out: Go dancing. I LOVE dancing. I also really enjoy playing pool and singing karaoke.
- One Thing I Do Every Day: Thank the universe for something/someone special in my life. (Note: It’s usually my husband!)
- A Place I Want to Visit: Paris, France
- My Ideal Dinner-Party Guests: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anais Nin, Erica Jong, and Erich Fromm
- First Job: I started babysitting at 10, but my first paycheck came at 14 from working as a bagger at a grocery store.
- First Concert: I honestly can’t remember the name of the group that my dad took me to see when I was about 13. I do remember it was a Christian rock band. My first concert that I attended by myself/with friends was Tom Petty. I was 17.
- Childhood Career Aspirations: I always knew I was and would be a writer. However, if that didn’t work out, Supreme Court Chief Justice and Forensic Medical Examiner were at the top of my list.
- Top Fear: Losing the people I love.
- Three Words I Use to Describe Myself: Resilient, Animated, and Curious
- Trait I Value Most (in Myself and Others): Kindness
- Favorite Musicians: Dessa, Sublime, Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Randy Travis, and Garbage
- Instruments I Can Play: I also used to play violin, and I can keep up with a few songs on the drums.
- Favorite Writers: Erica Jong, Anais Nin, Dostoyevsky, Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, Carol Goodman, and Chelsea Cain
- Favorite Comfort Food: Chips and queso (I’m from Texas, y’all!)
- Migraine-Specific Craving: I almost always crave salt right before a migraine, which is funny, because I don’t like salt much – unless it’s on chips.
- First Migraine Attack: I was 15, but I didn’t know it was a migraine. It took until I was in my twenties to get an accurate diagnosis.
- Current Official Migraine Diagnosis: Chronic migraine with aura
- Past Official Migraine Diagnosis: Intractable migraine with aura
- Most Outrageous Suggestion for a Migraine Treatment Given by a Well-Meaning Friend: Clear my chakras
- Ability to Fake Good When Having a Migraine on a 1-10 Scale: I’m quite good at this, because I’ve had to be – especially during my intractable periods – so probably an 8, unless it’s a horribly severe migraine or I’m around close friends/family. My children can always tell, though, especially my daughter.
- Most Embarrassing Migraine Symptom: I mix up words a lot when an attack is about to hit and while I’m in the midst of one. Sometimes I can barely speak at all. This is incredibly frustrating and embarrassing for me when I’m in public or with anyone other than my husband.
- Other Jobs/Positions Held in Addition to Migraine.com Writer: I’m an author and poet, so I write my books in addition to Migraine.com posts. I’m also an editor; I freelance and work as the Editor in Chief for Absolute Love Publishing. I’m also currently the Controller for a medical services company (which has nothing to do with migraine). However, I can’t work well outside of the home, so I do all of this from the comfort of my house. I couldn’t do it otherwise. In fact, my last intractable period is what prompted my return to full-time writing (which I only recently pushed to part-time in order to take the Controller position).
- Issues of Interest (Outside of Migraine): Mental health, domestic abuse, and women’s rights
- Current Goals: I have a novel I’m trying to finish. My publisher has been waiting to read it for about two years, but it’s slow going, especially with the other jobs.
- Best Piece of Advice for Someone Just Learning to Live with Migraine: Trust yourself and your experiences. You know your body better than anyone. Unfortunately, this can be a hard truth to hold onto when dealing with others. Take advice, seek treatment, find support, but ultimately use your own judgment in deciding what works best for you.
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