About Kerrie

I’m in my mid-40s and have lived with migraine and chronic daily headache for more than 30 years. I’ve always loved writing and needed a creative outlet after the migraine attacks 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.

Financial Stuff
If I write about a free product I received for review, I will always tell you so. I have no standing relationship with any company to receive free products for promoting their products. I do occasionally post links to books or other items for which I get a small percentage of the sales through an affiliate program (usually Amazon). I will always explicitly state when that is the case. Here’s the required disclaimer for Amazon’s affiliate program: Kerrie Smyres is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.