A place that gives me hope in nature is the woods. We have an amazing park system around where we live and I love to take an afternoon hike. It’s a place I love and am filled with hope. If you ever come to Cleveland, visit the Metro Parks, you won’t be disappointed. The last time I was in a migraine cycle I was down for about 3 days. When I’m down, it’s a tough decision to lay around and suffer or push myself to get out and raise my endorphins. I was at a level 6 or 7 which was better but still pretty bad. I decided to go to the parks with my family. The temperature was pleasant and the best thing was the woods provided shade and a cool breeze that I breathed as deeply as possible. My children, husband and dog always give me hope, but seeing them in nature calms me. The picture above is one that I took simply while we were walking. My husband to my left, my dog to my right and my beautiful babies in front of me. It gave me such hope that things would be ok. I was so grateful to be out of my bedroom and seeing the beauty in nature. I was in so much pain that day, but my kids had no idea. It reminds me that although I live in chronic pain, I hope to look back on my life and see the beauty. This picture and the memories of that simple Saturday afternoon will not be remembered as pain, it will be remembered as hope. I often look back at pictures and can tell you the pain level I was in that day. But the events I remember as so much more. Sometimes I have no choice but to miss life but when I can live it, I appreciate it all!
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