Posts tagged with: Headache

Christians with Chronic Illness

Chronic Pain Barbie
Image by Migraine Chick via Flickr

When people ask me to describe myself, this is how it goes: “I’m a Christian bank teller, I also write health articles for websites. I read, I write, I watch a lot of TV and I listen to a lot of music. I also have chronic pain including migraines and arthritis in my back.”

Thanks to Diana at Somebody Heal Me, I now know that there are tons of other Christians with chronic illnesses out there, and I have found a new support network. She recently shared about a Christians With Chronic Illness Blog Carnival that I never would have thought to search for on my own! Talk about a boost for my soul!

From what I can tell so far, Chronic Illness and Pain Support seems to be a great blog that provides just what it says; Christian support for those of us with chronic illnesses and pain! I’m excited to be a part of the following and hope that I’ll be able to get involved in future carnivals!

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A letter for women with migraines

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As a woman who has lived with migraines for 20+ years now, my family understands what’s going on when I am doubled-over in pain or when I’ve got the blanket pulled up over my head to block out the light. My friends, however, have not always been so understanding. Unfortunately, it’s hard to explain migraines to people who have never had one.

When I first began using the internet to do my health research, I came across MAGNUM (Migraine Awareness Group: A National Understanding for Migraineurs) and was blown away. An entire website dedicated to those of us who live with migraines – people who knew what I was going through.

It was a few years ago when I came across Teri Robert’s letter to those who needed help “Understanding Migraine Disease and Migraineurs” and was blown away. I started directing my friends who didn’t “get” migraines and they’ve never responded negatively!

I just recently pointed a new migraineur in the direction of the letter and realized that I wanted to share it with an even larger audience. Do you deal with migraines and need someone to understand you? Check out Teri Robert’s letter.

Other migraine resources I recommend:
WEGO Health Migraine group
Somebody Heal Me
The Daily Headache
Rhymes with Migraine
Pain in the Head
The Sassy Lime
Migraines and Me

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Five minutes at a time

Every Single Freakin Day
Image by Migraine Chick via Flickr

In July of 2006, my world was turned upside down with five words: “I’m thinking about leaving you.” He didn’t just think about it, the next day he solidified it and left me. He then promptly left on vacation with a friend of his, a vacation that I was supposed to go on.

I had been married for three years at that point. I had been with this guy for eight years. He was more than my husband, he was my best friend and suddenly he was gone. I didn’t know how I was going to breathe, let alone move on with my life. I had no choice, though.

For weeks I was the woman sitting at her desk silently crying. I would stare at the clock wondering when the day would be over just so that I could get into bed. Then I had a friend tell me to “take life five minutes at a time.” I took her suggestion literally at first, telling myself all day long things like “get through these next sixty seconds” and “you only have to live for the next one minute.” I would watch the clock and when I noticed that my single minutes were up, I’d remind myself; “only one minute more.” Eventually it would be the end of the work day and I’d go home to do the very same coping mechanism.

Pretty soon, I moved from making it through the next 60 seconds to making it through the next five minutes. Months later it turned into making it through the next hour. A year after he left I was working through making it through the day. Two and a half years later I can proudly say that I have made it through 82 million seconds, 1.4 million minues, 22K hours and over 134 weeks. I no longer count the minutes (unless work is driving me crazy) and I rarely think about more than “make it through today, that’s all you have to do!” but I know that the next time I need to, I will count to sixty, start over, and then continue for the next three weeks.

How do you cope? Are you a time watcher or do you hide from it? I’d love to hear about alternative coping mechanisms as I know I’ll face more emotional situations in the future.

Thank you to Ellen for the inspiration for this post. Ellen wrote a great piece about Migraine strategies for living where she encourages her readers to break their lives into 15-minute sections to get through their days.

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