“It’s Just a Migraine”

It’s just a migraine… — the one phrase every sufferer hates hearing. And yet, it’s the one phrase I tell myself the most.

It’s just a migraine… I don’t need to take a sick day.
It’s just a migraine… I can work a little longer tonight.
It’s just a migraine… I can go down to the lake in this sunny weather.
It’s just a migraine… I can go to the concert with my friends.
It’s just a migraine… I can run errands today.
It’s just a migraine… I don’t need to rest.

While many of us are so debilitated by our migraines we can’t leave the bed, I don’t know when to *stay* in bed.

Perhaps it is denial. Perhaps it is an attempt to salvage any piece of my life that’s left. But, I can’t even begin to count the times I’ve been hunched over at my work desk, or sprawled on a bathroom floor, or holding my head in my hands all because I chose to venture out with a migraine.

It is hard to come to terms with the fact that chronic migraines have taken over my life. It is hard to give myself an OKAY and allow myself to rest. You’d think by now I would know better.

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