Lessons and life with Migraine and Disney

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With seeing the new Beauty and the Beast and planning a trip to Disney World this year, I have been reminded of a lot of lessons learned through Disney.

Today I reminisced to the very beginning of my blogging adventures.  I wrote a post about Aladdin that was short and sweet but meaningful to many Disney movies and life lessons.

This week I will repost my Disney World, the good, the bad and the migraine series.  Please follow me on:

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For today, a flashback to my thoughts on Aladdin and a Whole New World

Comment on the lessons you’ve learned through Disney movies

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Tranquility Salt Cave for allergies and stress relief

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I have had a ton of response about my Himalayan Salt lamp post.  The main question being, “Did it help your migraines?”  The simple answer is no.  With long term benefits, possibly yes?!

After I found that it wasn’t giving me particular relief, I placed it in my son’s room.  My son suffers from seasonal allergies, coughs, congestion, sinus infections and ear infections.    Within 2 nights I noticed that he was coughing less.  I was shocked!!!  My husband (who tends to medicate over natural therapies) saw a difference also.  I leave it on in his room next to his bed and feel that the purifying salt is helping him breathe better and have less congestion throughout the night! YEA!

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After this, I had renewed faith in my Himalayan salt lamp.  After reading the benefits, I realized that it doesn’t help with inflammation which is most likely what is triggering my migraines.  What it does help with is

  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Coughs and chest congestion
  • Exzema and dermatitis
  • Improves lung functioning
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression

 

With this knowledge, I found Tranquility Salt Cave of Columbus, Ohio.  I had a trip planned to visit a friend in Columbus and I always get sick when I travel.  My friend was traveling from Denver and under stress with a new baby, preschooler, her job and running on little sleep.  I knew I would be suffering from allergies, was experiencing stress and anxiety from my last migraine attack and was ready to try it.

“Tranquility Salt Cave is not your average spa. With the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas, only 45 minutes are needed to feel cleansed, inside and out. With pure salt lining the walls, ceiling, and floor, you’ll experience an effortless and pain-free total-body cleanse.”

Our experience was quite relaxing.  The owners are extremely nice and have a daughter who suffers from migraines also.  They were happy and eager to help me with my issues and hopeful that I would feel benefits from their beautiful facility.

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The salt cave is a beautiful place.  You enter through a grand wooden door walking onto warm salt at your feet.  The ceiling is twinkling with lights in a cave like surrounding. 

“The salt cave is lined with Himalayan rock salt boulders, and literally tons of granulated salt rest on the floor of the cave.  The Himalayan rock salt is millions of years old and it contains over 84 trace minerals which are readily absorbed by the human body. As pure salt is diffused into the salt cave, the healing begins.  Negative ions are released into the air, helping to promote calmness and toxins begin to be removed from the air which you breathe. The salt is anti-bacterial and begins to clear clogged mucous and debris from the lungs.  Skin conditions may even improve after repeated salt sessions.” 

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You find a chair with a blanket, turn off your phone and relax for 45 minutes with meditative music.

My friend and I both found it easy to relax yet difficult with the person snoring next to us.  Next time I think I’ll book the room with more friends and less strangers.  With that being said, it obviously was relaxing.  My friend had been up with a preschooler and baby all night and enjoyed the quiet time.  I used my time to relax from the stressful snowy drive and breathe in the salt to help my allergies from the change of climate.

Overall, it was a time for us to relax, recover and just breathe.  It was a great way to treat ourselves to a spa experience while reaping the benefit of Halotherapy. 

Thank you Tranquility Salt Cave for showing us a spa day can be so much more!

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*I was not paid or given my services for free.  I am writing this review with my own opinions in hopes of shedding light on the benefits of Halotherapy.  Please see a doctor for any guidance in your medical needs and be advised that my experiences are my own.

Time for another GIVEAWAY!

It’s time again for another GIVEAWAY!  In honor of Migraine Awareness Month I am giving away a beanie cap cover for the Headache Hat ice pack.  I, personally, have 3 Headache Hats so I never will be without one when I need it (which is pretty much daily!)    Now the maker of The Headache Hat has provided a beanie cap to wear over the ice pack in order to run errands, drive, or be out while discretely wearing the Headache Hat.  If you don’t own a Headache Hat and would like to buy one, you can go here and use MYML code at checkout for a discount!  If you know someone who loves the Headache Hat like I do and think they’d like to win, please pass it along to them.  It’s a short giveaway since the month is ending soon, so enter NOW!  The giveaway will run from 6/26/15 12:00am through 6/30/15 12:00am.  You can have an entry for each of the following: following on twitter, like My Migraine Life’s facebook page, and/or comment on this post saying where you plan to wear the hat.

Click on the link below for your chance to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Make sure to clicked on the link & click that you visited in order to be enrolled. . Good luck & thanks for following 

All in Cleveland, All in Migraine, All in Hope

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While watching the Cavs last night I had no choice but to compare Cleveland sports to my migraines.  I did this not because watching them gives me a headache and nauseous, although it has, but because it gives me hope.  When the TV flashed, “last time Cavs won a championship…NEVER” my heart pounded and head filled with thoughts of possibilities.  With the theme of Migraine Awareness Month being hope, I had no choice but to make a comparison.  Watching losing teams year after year can be defeating just like losing year after year of having Chronic Migraines.  I continue to change my line up and think positively but more often than not a season slips through my fingers.  This year we had hope.  I find it ironic that I started my blog a year ago and my fight changed.  When LeBron came back, things changed.  LeBron embarrassed me, angered me, and frustrated me in the past.  All of these feelings I have felt with my disease.  It’s like, just when we had something going, it left and practically laughed in my face.  I’ve been there, done that more times than I’d like to remember with my pain.  But then he came back and I was optimistic, excited, and encouraged.  Once again, all the things I have felt with blogging, new medications, surgery, and more.  So the finals came and we got injured.  They said we couldn’t do it.  Then another hit and we were down another man.  Our team battled.  Just like any good athlete and true sufferer knows, you fight.  With these changes came strength from the bench that was unexpected.  I have amazed myself at the times I thought I was completely down and found another source of strength to get me through.  In the game last night, I had hope.  Hope that the “never” would turn into the “now.”  The thought of winning a championship that had never been won gave me hope that maybe my battle wouldn’t always be a loss.  History would be or could be changed.  Things would be exciting and new and different.  The hope of something different for Cleveland gave me hope for something different in myself.  I know it sounds crazy, but seeing something many thought impossible become possible is inspiring.  Until the last second of the game, those boys fought.  They were down but they were not out and never gave up.  Even though we lost, they taught us a good lesson.  There is hope, the impossible is possible or at least something that can be within grasp and to never give up.  They may not have won, but not every victory is a championship.  Hope is looking forward.  #AllinClev #AllinMigraine #AllinHope

Nature brings hope. How exercise, walking, hiking and moving help Migraine

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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!

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”

Helping others have hope with Migraine

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What do you do or say to help others have hope?

Over the years I have had hundreds if not thousands of pieces of advice about my Migraines.  Most of the time it is well intended but wildly misunderstood.  Just do this, why can’t you do that, all you need is…  Well thank you, but that’s not going to cure me.  So when I’m talking to sufferers, such as myself, I do more listening than talking.  If they want to talk, I listen and try to be there.   As a woman, I like to talk things out and I don’t need an answer because there isn’t one.  I would love a solution, but just a simple, “I’m sorry” or “how can I help?”  means a lot.

I started my blog as a way to talk out my feelings and to give hope and support to others.  When I see someone comment on how they are feeling, I like to pass my post along to them to say, “I’m here, I understand and you are not alone.”  I felt alone for many years with my condition and telling someone that I experience and feel the same way hopefully gives hope.  I don’t always comment and feel that sharing my experience is more powerful by saying, “I have felt that way too, have hope you are not alone.”  Being misunderstood is difficult and giving hope that someone else understands has been powerful to me and I hope to pass that power onto others in need.

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”

Throwback Thursday “My dog, my nurse, my love”

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       Happy 10th birthday Lucia!

With the rumble of storms and plethora of things going on in my life I have been in a cycle of migraines that has me reeling.  Day after day after day of severe pain really messes with a girl’s mind.  But today the pain has broken and only a hangover remains.  I live to love another day and smile!!!  The sanity that I always have laying next to me is my dog.  Many of you know my great love for my Golden Retriever but yesterday was her 10th birthday and she laid next to me as always.  My kids were at my parent’s playing with their cousins (having no clue that I was at home in writhing pain.  Ahhh to be young and shielded).  I was able to join them for the cupcakes they made for her (actually for themselves but the gesture was nice) and sing to my oldest baby.  So for #Throwback Thursday, I’m dedicating this one to Lucia.  Happy Birthday my Golden ray of sunshine in the midst of my figurative and literal storm.

My dog, My nurse, My love!

*share a picture of your fur baby if they take care of you too!