An MFA student at the Rhode Island School of Design and fellow migraineur, Molly McGee is embarking on a series of design projects based on migraines — and she needs our help. The projects are to “express in the way I know best to those who don’t understand how painful and debilitating migraines can be.” She hopes to compile the projects into a book about migraine pain and how it affects one’s life.
Here’s where you come in. If you’re comfortable, please answer some or all of the questions below. There’s no pressure to write perfectly. It’s more about sharing your thoughts. Molly is looking for words and expressions about migraines. She asks that you “speak from the heart, and if there is an anecdote you want to tell then by all means share your story.” Your name or any identifying information won’t be included in the project.
You can e-mail your responses directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you’re OK answering the questions publicly, you can post your responses in the comments. Ideally, we could read other people’s answers and build upon them with our own experiences.
- How long have you suffered and how much of your time is spent in pain?
- What sort of drugs have you been on and what were the side effects? Are the side effects worth it?
- What might you give up to make your migraines go away?
- Are your family and friends or coworkers understanding of your pain?
- Finally, write anything you think is important. What is the most important thing you want to express about migraines?
I’ll post my responses to the questions soon.