Being Thankful & Hopeful

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Grief of My Therapy Pet

The grief of my therapy pet has been an ongoing process A year ago, I said goodbye to Lucia, my dog. I have been dreading yesterday since last May 8th. My grieving process is best described as complicated. All year long I have been learning how to live without my therapy pet and companion. Loosing a family…

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Migraine in 2019: Happy New Year

New year, same migraine. How is the next day different? 2019 began angry and that anger will motivate my migraine advocacy even more

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Living with Chronic Migraine: My Migraine Life Speech

I was asked to tell my story about living with chronic migraine at the Miles for Migraine inaugural walk/run in Cleveland.  In the speech, I named my support system “My Migraine Lifers.” I feel honored to be a voice for all of us who live our Migraine Lives and all of those who fight by…

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Puerto Rico’s Resilience Teaches Lessons

This year, we began our trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We have been to San Juan and always love it!  We had not returned since Puerto Rico was hit by the hurricane and it was different.  As we approached landing, we saw the blue tarps covering homes as roofs and the destruction that was…

Count Your Blessings Not your Problems

Count Your Blessings Not your Problems

Count your blessings, not your problems. Friday Feelings…Yesterday was a hard day for me.  It was one of those days where I had a bunch of things on my calendar and they all turned out a little worse than I had expected.  I had 2 doctor’s appointments, one of them leaving me in tears.  Then,…

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Thankful and Grateful Despite Migraine

I am thankful and grateful despite migraine. My chronic illness has made me a thankful person in general.  I’m thankful when I’m not in my dark quiet room.  It doesn’t mean that I’m not in pain, but if I’m good enough to be out of bed, I’m thankful. Thankful with Migraine I’m thankful for many,…

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How the World Series is More than Baseball

Thankful Thursday: Indians vs Cubs World Series 2016. Last month I started my Meals and Munchies series.  This month I am implementing Thankful Thursday.  Unfortunately, I missed the first Thursday of the month due to a migraine.  Ironically, my “thankful” for the week was probably the culprit for causing the migraine.  But so worth it……..…

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What does it Mean to Pay it Forward?

What does it mean to pay it forward? Years ago I was on vacation.  As I was washing my hands in the bathroom a woman dried her hands and pumped the paper towel holder a few extra times for me to grab.   As a bit of a germ-phobic, I obviously appreciated her kindness and when…

How Exercise, Walking and Moving Help-Migraine

A place that gives me hope in nature is the woods.  We have an amazing park system around where we live and I love to take an afternoon hike.   It’s a place I love and am filled with hope.  If you ever come to Cleveland, visit the Metro Parks, you won’t be disappointed.  The last time…

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Helping others have hope with Migraine

What do you do or say to help others have hope? Over the years I have had hundreds if not thousands of pieces of advice about my Migraines.  Most of the time it is well-intended but wildly misunderstood.  Just do this, why can’t you do that, all you need is…  Well thank you, but that’s…

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Allay Lamp- Green Light Therapy

Axon Optics- Light sensitivity glasses

Headache Hat- Ice Hat

Organic Aromas

Himilayan Salt Lamp

Heat Wrap

Migraine Magick

Theraspecs

Med Manager

Huggaroo

Avulux

Norb Light Bulb

Kold Tec

Be Naturals Organics

Bed of Nails