Hope For Progress, Rather Than Fear The Disappointment 

I have gone through months where I’ve effectively given up, only to give myself a wide wake up call that I needed to pick myself out of my funk and continue to try to find an effective treatment. No matter how walls I ran into and how many failed attempts there were, I had to keep trying.
I hope that you keep fighting to find an effective treatment. Or if you’re in a funk and you’ve lost hope, that you find the strength to try again. Because hope is the only thing stronger than fear. Hope that there is a treatment out there, rather than the fear of never finding an answer.

Tuesday Tunes: “Second Wind” by Maren Morris

 

Maren Morris has quickly become one of my new favorite country artists on the scene right now. Her songs are not only catchy but the lyrics I think are genius. She has some songs that have honestly made me laugh because she somehow manages to be funny and scarily relatable all while singing beautifully.

This song though, is more of an empowering song. It’s about how you learn to let people fuel your fire, rather than letting them get in your head and tear you down.

No matter what your goal is, never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve it. Don’t let the negativity of others seep into your confidence, perseverance and determination. People will do what they want to do, and say what they want to say. Let them.It’ll just motivate you more to succeed and make them mad that they underestimated you in the first place.

 

Monday Mantra: Adopt The Pace of Nature

Some views and experiences change our outlooks on things. Being in the presence of pure, natural beauty is humbling and I always take a minute to myself, even in a crowd, to soak it up, close my eyes and just be still. 

Niagara was one of those places that changed my outlook on how I move through this life and through my health journey. I spend a lot of time rushing through things and then getting bad anxiety and frustration when things happen late or don’t go as planned. This goes for my personal life and my life with chronic illness.

I aim to live a more patient life where I can react in a calm manner to things that go not originally as planned. Instead of rushing to a conclusion without consulting a doctor, instead I will try to sort out symptoms and have a conversation about possibilities. Instead of worrying and growing anxious when my headaches continue to thrive, I will try to calmly take a set back to look at everything I’m trying and doing and then talk to my doctor about my next steps.

These types of goals I will try to transfer over to my life in other areas as well: work, relationship, family, etc. 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks! 📢 Give Yourself A Pep Talk! 


I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog lately, and I’d like to make an excuse for myself if that’s ok 🙈 last week was interesting with a migraine day and another day completed with a spontaneous ER trip. And then to top it off, the beginning of this week I had a fever. Needless to say, I was under my covers ignoring the world a good chunk of the past week and a half or so.
BUT I digress. Today I’m throwin a little somethin your way again! Back on the grind 💪🏼✍🏼

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, it can feel impossible to motivate ourselves to keep pushing onward in whatever situation we’ve found ourselves in. The road gets bumpy and we sometimes just pull over and stop the car. 

So, maybe we let someone else do the motivating for us every once in a while! Right? 

Maybe we watch/read one of these motivational commencement speeches, or we have a friend rally us, or we write down our goals so we can visually picture them. Whatever it is that gets us back on the road! 


Sometimes we find motivation within ourselves, but sometimes we get by with a little help from our friends (see what I did there? 😏) 
P.S. I took these pictures of pages out of the book “You Are Doing A Freaking Great Job.” I totally recommend you buy it because it puts a smile on my face every time I open it! 

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks: Consider Physical Therapy

Thursdays Tips & Tricks 😍⚙ think about giving physical therapy a try! 

I started physical therapy a couple of months ago (I think? My sense of time is awful 🙈). My PA wrote me a prescription for it, to have the PT work on my neck, posture and whatever they could think of to help my daily headaches. 

I can’t say that it has solved my problem (because if that were the case there would be some newly very wealthy people), but it has definitely helped decrease the intensity of my every day headaches 😁💪🏼 

I have multiple headache disorders. So what the physical therapist is treating is my diagnosis of a cervicogenic headache—again, just one of my multiple types of headaches. They work on my posture (which was so bad before) as well as getting more motion and working out tension in my occipital nerves, muscles and bones (which all impact headaches). 

Bad posture causes tension in upper back and neck muscles. That along with having occipital nerve and muscles out of whack, can definitely make headaches worse.

It was a gradual positive change that I noticed. And it took a lot of trial and error and experimenting with different methods on my PT specialists side. We found that some methods didn’t do anything while some (more intense looking) methods helped dramatically.

And you know that saying no pain no gain? That can be very relevant to some PT sessions. They work on your back, neck, muscles, bones and nerves. Some things aren’t going to feel pleasant. But let’s face it–it’s nothing compared to the pain I (and all chronic illness sufferers) battle every single day. 

I’ve had some headache setbacks during the time period I’ve been doing PT, but they have been related to other outside causes (because that’s how life of a spoonie works, right?) But I can safely say that my physical therapy team has tried really hard to help me feel better, even if it’s just a small change.

People with chronic illness can atest, even a tiny positive change is considered great progress! 

Therefore, I definitely recommend PT to someone who is in a rut like I was–where they aren’t or weren’t seeing any progress in their headaches. 

Give it a try, because Ryan gosling might massage you after (offer not guaranteed) 


Monday Mantra: Stay Strong, My Soldiers. 

After 10 or so years of fighting different headache disorders while also running into a variety of other health issues, I’ve been reassured by family, friends and strangers that I’m strong. People have said (thinking out loud it always seems) how they can’t imagine how I do it.
While recently I’ve only felt weak, it’s nice to hear others see something different. 
Sometimes, I don’t know how I do it either, though. But I do, because I have no other option. There is no giving up. There is no throwing of the white flag.
So stand tall in your invisible cape. Stay strong. Keep fighting. People never will truly understand how you handle it all, but that’s because they don’t know how strong you really are. 
  

It’s Best Not To Be Overly Hopeful, But Never Give Up Hope

Because after ten years of migraines which evolved into a couple years of chronic daily headaches + episodic migraines, I thought: screw it, why not?   
It’s hard for me to be overly hopeful that any method will really work for my headaches, especially one with no scientific research or evidence to back it up, but it’s even harder to turn down any possibility. 

Also s/o for the awesome experience at comes a time tattoo in fairfax, va! As someone with a habit of fainting from needle situations, it’s always helpful to have people who are good at what they’re doing working with you!