A life, my life, not so uncommon

My parents were never really aware of my chronic migraine condition until I was in my teens, many years after they had divorced. Mom was too busy dealing with a textbook alcholic husband, father was too busy drinking. I remember my first migraine when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade, after school at daycare. I must have been 7 or 8. The employees there didn’t know what to do. After my father showed up drunk to drive me home I went to lay down until I fell asleep. Waking up migraine free is one of the best feelings iv’e ever had. I am 26 now and have learned to cope with the almost randomness of migraine headaches due to research on my own (thank you internet) and making myself appointments with my physician.

Migraines through the years have impacted both my social life and work life. The guilt you feel for leaving work because of a headache only brings you down more. ‘Sorry boss but I have to leave my head hurts’ almost sounds wimpy. I have been written up at work before for having to leave due to a level 10 migraine. Luckily now I have an excellent job where the people I work with understand my condition. I don’t know how many time I have had to turn down social events due to migraines, my friends are awesome though.

Thank you for reading,

-AM

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