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1. My diagnosis is: chronic migraines
2. My migraine attack frequency is: almost every day
3. I was diagnosed in: 2013
4. My comorbid conditions include: IBS, Hep. C, anxiety, panic attacks.
5. I take one medications/supplements each day for prevention and one medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: so many years ago I can’t even remember.
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: headache, nausea, neck pain and light sensitivity.
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: odd lights and shapes dancing in front of my eyes.
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: weather, certain foods and smells.
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I can’t stop yawning.
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: I have to stop all activity and lie down. My whole day or my whole week just wastes away.
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: All the things that need to get done.
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: How I can beat the next attack.
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: Very positive
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: Poor thing. Let’s see how I can help.
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: There’s no way over the counter medications can help. Been there – done that.
17. My best coping tools are: My vivid imagination. I escape to my dream world.
18. I find comfort in: I believe that one day migraines will be a thing of the past just like all other illnesses.
19. I get angry when people say: It must have been something you ate.
20. I like it when people say: You poor thing. I’ll keep you in my prayers.
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: Not make any noise.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: So far, I haven’t received any good news but let’s keep hoping.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: That it’s chronic and so far I haven’t been able to get rid of it.
24. Migraine has taught me: To take one day at a time.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: “For all the things I have the strength through the one who gives me power” (Philippians 4:13)
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: Sit back and hold on because you are in for a bumpy ride.
27. The people who support me most are: My daughter and my husband.
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: That IT IS NOT a regular headache.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: It brings awareness about a very real and debilitating disease that affects millions of people.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: I don’t live with migraine. Migraine lives with me. I live with my family. I love my God. I have friends. There are days when I have to lie down but as soon as I can, I get up. Sick yes, but not vanquished.
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