Who controls who? A student’s story about her migraines

I’ve been a migraine sufferer for as long as I remember. I remember as a young child, being awakened by a pulsating sensation followed nausea. My freshman year of high school my migraines became so frequent that I would wake up without knowing if I was going to have a pain-free day. I felt that migraine was controlling my life. I took initiative both as a patient and as a student. I found a neurologist, who after a few months found a medication that would reduce my migraines to 2-4 times a month. As a student, I began a research program and decided to conduct migraine research under a mentor at a local medical college. Over the past few months, I have presented my work at symposiums, fairs, and student research competitions. I can proudly say that I’ve won awards both locally and internationally. It didn’t matter that migraine dictated my lifestyle a few years ago. I used this obstacle and today I’m the one in control of my migraines.

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