Why is Healthcare so Unaffordable?

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This week I was notified that my copay for an already expensive medication was raised.  I was supposed to receive the treatment and was not properly notified of the change so my much needed appointment was postponed for 2 weeks. I spent the day on the phone with my specialty pharmacy.  I  was sobbing as I gave her my credit card information.  The woman on the phone’s voice actually started shaking too because she felt so bad that I required a medication that has such an obviously outrageous cost. The price of ONE medication is more than I make in a YEAR!  I basically work 3 full time jobs.  I’m a full time mom, a teacher and a blogger/freelance writer.  All of these take long strenuous hours and get paid very little for the time and passion I put behind them.

My last conversation with my neurologist was her saying “If you don’t take more medication you aren’t going to get better.”  I wanted to say to her, “If I took all the medication you want me on, my Migraine may go away but the side effects would make me a different person and I’d need to sell my house to afford the 5 other meds I require.”

The costs of medications are insane and the question remains for not only me, but everyone: WHY IS IT NOT AFFORDABLE TO EVERYONE?

Missing my appointment caused me to cry all day!  The crying spiraled into a migraine cycle that I now am existing in and quite possibly can suffer with for the next 2 weeks.  With a neurological disease, everyone is so different.  Medication should be affordable to all with options to receive treatment that works for each individual.  I can’t tell you the amount of money that I’ve spent on meds I’ve filled and ended up throwing away.

When there is no cure, how are any of us supposed to figure out how to feel better if we can’t afford it?  We can’t work enough hours to pay for it and the lack of proper medication makes us miss work or be unable to work because of it.  The result of missing my appointment has and will continue to make me miss days, if not weeks, of my life suffering A LOT.  I’m talking about a level of pain that I hope many people will never understand. This requires me to take more medication (which in reality doesn’t fix it), which also costs a lot, struggling through side effects and other issues.


Yet again, I spent all my free time this week on the phone!  Check out how this isn’t the first time….I spend my free time talking to insurance, pharmacies and doctor’s offices



*Note: I typically don’t speak about the specific medication I am on because I don’t want it to be confused by advice.  Everyone’s results, side effects and costs are all different.  We all need to do what we think is right for our journey.

My Migraine Life Instagram Inspiration

In case you missed it this week….


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#itstheclimb 🏔Most days I feel proud of putting one foot in front of the other. Some days I feel like I can scale mountains and other days it takes as much effort to get out of bed. Everyday is a challenge and with rocks by my side I feel powerful 💪👣




“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” ❤️🌊🙏
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)



Walt Whitman — ‘Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.’





This is how I spend my snow day and why we are snow birds!


A picture can say 1,000 words.  After going on vacation this week’s posts serve as inspiration and a visual escape. 

Be sure to follow along on Instagram


Sunday snoozing, shopping and sipping

Today I’m having a cozy day crafting, eating donuts and drinking coffee…


While I’m doing this, I’m finishing up my holiday shopping.  Here’s some reminders on the great options for a loved one or yourself this year. *affiliate links included

    1. Don’t forget to enter to win a bottle of Migraine Magick!  Image-1 (3)
      1. If you are interested in buying a bottle use code mymigrainelife for $22off your order here
    2.  If you are looking for a weighted blanket to assist in anxiety, stress and sensory needs, I suggest the cuddle blanket from SensaCalmIMG_1531
    3. Axon Optics are my favorite light sensitivity glasses.  They are offering a 10% discount using code migrainelife through December 16
    4. Organic Aromas” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Organic Aromas   runs weekly giveaway for diffusers and while you are there buy some oils that suit your specific needsImage-1 (1)
    5. Original Sprout– Save up to 60% off Holiday gift sets that are organic hair care made responsibly and naturally and safe enough for children. Great for the whole family.IMG_1534
    6. Aromafloria– Looking for unscented products that hydrate and don’t cause smell trigger? I use these unscented or with my favorite essential oil.

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Happy and Comfy Sunday vibes to you!

*affiliate links are included in this post.  This means that if you purchase through the links I will be rewarded for my recommendation.  Thank you!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Why I talk about products

Some people ask me, “Do you really use all the products you write about?”


Today, for example, I used several of my favorite products even before lunch.

3am. Got a Headache Hat to sleep with because the pain woke me up.

7am. Used Aromafloria lotion for my dry winter skin.  It’s unscented and feels so good! (check for review and giveaway soon!)

7:15am. Used Original Sprout hair mist to hold my braid without being stiff (check gift guide for $10 off link)

7:30am. Turned on my Organic Aromas diffuser in the kitchen (giveaway ended)

7:45am Sprayed my neck, shoulders and face with Migraine Magick before walking out the door (check for review this week and giveaway NOW! check gift guide for $22off order!)

8am. Taught in my Axon Optics (Use link and code for 10%off now through December 16. I can’t live without these, I highly recommend them)

1pm. Climb under my weighted SensaCalm blanket for a snuggle with boy. (one of my favorite new products!)

Want to hear more about my Holiday Gift guide, links and DISCOUNT codes?!

Check it out here

Also, don’t forget to enter to WIN a bottle of Migraine Magick

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Does Acupuncture Work for Migraine?

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This year I tried acupuncture.  I have heard about acupuncture for migraine for years but was hesitant.  I get on average 75-90 shots a year to treat my Chronic Migraine.  The thought of trying another doctor putting needles in me didn’t sound appealing.

I was recommended to an acupuncturist by a family member who was a physician shadowing an acupuncturist who was described to me as brilliant.  The office was about an hour away while the appointments lasted about 20-30 minutes.  As always, I had a driver because the results could cause feelings of “drinking a 6 pack of beer” and I didn’t need to be driving an hour after my treatment.  I was also hesitant because my insurance didn’t cover acupuncture and it was going to be more out of pocket costs.

With all this, I tried it anyways.  The doctor I saw gave me an immediate calming feeling.  After years of doctor’s visits, I tend to start a new treatment with a bit of trepidation.  Retelling my history gets tedious and after 30 years I feel like I’ve heard it all.  But this doctor was special.  He believed me!  He didn’t give me a list of things to try that I had already attempted, he didn’t judge, he just believed me.

The coolest assessment he did on me was to have me hold my middle finger and thumb together while he pulled them apart.  He did this with ease.  After asking questions and putting a few metal discs with band aids on he tried the assessment again.  This time my fingers held tight.  He looked at my mom and said, “See, she’s really hurting.  This would not have happened if she wasn’t able to tell me where she hurts.”  This was not saying that my mom did not believe me (she knows I hurt) but to say that my pain was real.  Having a doctor ask me and not tell me what to do to be helped was profound.

Each time I walked out of his office I felt optimistic.  I felt lighter and less pained.  This was something new for me being I’m used to walking out of offices with a script and pumped full of much needed meds but mentally down.  I was pricked with very few needles that were essentially painless.

While I was there we talked not only pain but triggers, emotions and concerns.  Once again he was letting me talk and treating me from there.  It wasn’t a protocol that the medical professionals deemed for everyone, it was specific to me.  I’ve always fought to be treated as an individual and not just one of 57 million Migraine sufferers.  It was refreshing, I felt heard.

Did it help my migraines?  Each time was different as I find with all treatments.  The optimism was the same.  One treatment I felt no “6 pack” feeling, while another my head was swimming on the way home.  One time I felt it lasted a week (which for someone who gets migraines daily at some point) was a relief.  Another time I got hammered with a 3 day severe migraine the next day which made me want to give up on my acupuncture treatments.

These results seem to be on par with all of my treatments.  Nothing works every time in the same way every time.  After several months my doctor retired.  This was the end of my acupuncture treatments.

Why did I not follow up with another acupuncturist closer by?  While loving my doctor and the incredibly interesting ways he treated me, I’m shelving acupuncture for now.  I feel that I got lucky with this amazing doctor and know that every doctor is not created equal.  I fear disappointment in finding another doctor and losing the little bit of magic that acupuncture and this brilliant doctor provided me.  It’s expensive and not a long term fix for me.

If asked if I would recommend acupuncture, my answer would be the same as always…..follow your own path.  You can read about the benefits of migraine treatments from many different resources.  My goal is to give you my experiences and hope that you will learn from my stories and listen to where your heart takes you.  After saying no to acupuncture for so long I finally said yes and it was the right decision for me.  I’m glad I tried it and would try it again in the future.  I don’t think it would be around for thousands of years to treat hundreds of things if people hadn’t had success.


Have you tried acupuncture for Migraine?  What did you think?

Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Muffins



I love to cook!  I don’t always follow the directions, I use what I have, I avoid trigger ingredients and I go from there.  It has become part of my family’s lives.  My children love to measure, get out ingredients, mix, taste and see the results of their hard work.    And I love all the math, science,  reading, social, fine motor and even cultural lessons it provides.

Although cooking deliciousness is my goal, the process sometimes seems like  so much!  It’s a commitment to shop, prep, cook and clean up.  Often times it takes way longer than I’d like and uses way more energy than I have which is frustrating.

So I’ve decided to start a Monday Munchies and Meals series.  I hope to post a recipe each week in hopes of inspiring you to make something healthy and feel good about, being a  a snack or meal.  Why am I posting on Tuesday then?  Because life happens and I’ve been in bed with a killer migraine for the last 36 hours.  I wrote this post on Saturday after making  it last Monday and I couldn’t even open a computer to press “publish” for 2 days.

It isn’t always possible to cook everyday with having Migraines and living a busy life.  One recipe a week will be enough to share, make and encourage you to do the same.  So whether I post on Monday or Friday, you can make it whenever it fits your schedule and health also.  It’s meant to inspire, if you have an ok day, try it!  If you don’t, try again another day. 

If you like the recipe, please make it and share it with me.  I’d love to see your results and adaptions to Monday’s  munchie or meal of the week!!!  Post on facebook, twitter and Instagram and comment on the post to inspire others.

I do not follow a strict diet.  I avoid trigger foods but have not cut groups out of my life (gluten etc.).  I try to find recipes that are clean, real ingredients, that are anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense.  I am not a nutritionist and fully admit I eat way too much sugar.  I hope to share recipes that make me feel better and taste good.  If you have one you’d like me to try, please email me at mymigrainelife@gmail.com

This month I’m focusing on pumpkin.  Everyone loves pumpkin in the Fall and the benefits of it are great!



Here’s the recipe I followed:


We ate these for breakfast, in lunches and as an after school snack.  Easy and great for grab and go.

Pumpkin Muffins



Miles for Migraine virtual walk and race dates 2017

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In June, I did a virtual challenge to raise money for Miles for Migraine.  “Miles for Migraine is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Miles for Migraine produces fun walk/run events, typically 2 mile walk and 5k and 10k race to raise money for migraine research. We also host youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders.”

I made the goal of raising $300 for the 3 years I’ve been blogging and I’m happy to announce we met that goal and exceeded it!  Thank you to those who donated!  Migraine is terribly underfunded and every dollar goes a long way towards fellowship programs for training new doctors as well as research. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

For those of you that missed the fundraiser and would like participate yourself, I have a few more opportunities for you.

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Philadelphia                October 7, 2017

Washington, DC             October 15, 2017

Virtual Race                       Anytime!


Keep moving!  I have more race dates coming for Runnin’ for Research in which I participated last year.  I hope you are motivated to take one step at a time and each day get a bit stronger.  As a chronic migraineur, I feel like one day I step forward, the next I’m knocked back down .  The most important thing is that I take that step forward again…..