About Kerrie

Kerrie's headshotI’m in my late 30s and have lived with migraine and chronic daily headache for more than 25 years. I’ve always loved writing and needed a creative outlet after the migraines became so debilitating that I quit work, so The Daily Headache was born in June 2005. What began as a way to share my experiences quickly became the best job I’ve ever had. I’ve learned so much about migraine, headache disorders and chronic illness, discovered new coping strategies and treatments, and met incredible people. I’ve found a particular interest in writing about the emotional experience of chronic illness. I love it so much that I began writing for Migraine.com in 2011 and hope to do more freelance work when my health allows.

After spending six years in Seattle and a year in Boston, I moved back to my hometown of Phoenix in November 2010. Saying goodbye to Seattle was heartbreaking, but the cloudy weather there and the fickle weather in Boston are terrible migraine triggers for me. I’m happy to be back in Phoenix, reconnecting with dear friends, being close to family, and, of course, having fewer migraine attacks with the more stable weather.

Passionate, introspective, empathetic (sometimes overly so), fun-loving, stubborn and brave are the best adjectives to describe me. My interests include baking, traveling, practicing yoga, reading, watching baseball and making messes with my craft of the month.

Thanks for stopping by The Daily Headache. I hope you find comfort, support, resources and coping techniques that help you manage your own chronic illness.

kerrie [at] thedailyheadache [dot] com

The Daily Headache represents one patient’s experience and point of view. I share what helps me cope physically and emotionally with migraine, chronic daily headache and chronic illness. I hope it will help you on your journey, but I am not trained in medicine, public health or patient education. Nothing on this site should be taken as medical advice. If you read something you’d like to try, consult with your health care professional before making any changes to your treatment plan.

All content copyright 2005-2014 Kerrie Smyres