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.

Puerto Rico’s Resilience Teaches Lessons

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This year, we began our trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We have been to San Juan and always love it!  We had not returned since Puerto Rico was hit by the hurricane and it was different.  As we approached landing, we saw the blue tarps covering homes as roofs and the destruction that was left behind.  With that said,

It is a magical place that screams resilience, history and strength!

Throughout our days there, we spoke with an electrician working hot long days on reestablishing electricity while working with generators.  He was touched by the locals cooking him lunch and was happy to be helping. We spoke with our cab driver who seemed grateful for the United States assistance.  As we entered a local restaurant, we were welcomed by a local couple simply saying, “Welcome to our island!”  After such devastation, we found the Puerto Ricans to be as lovely as ever!

Here’s the lesson learned in Puerto Rico:

As we explored the city (and prior to coming) we told our children how it had been hit by a storm.  People lost everything!  At home, we often discuss being grateful and how lucky we are to have the many luxuries that we take for granted.  Puerto Rico was able to put our words into real life realizations.

As my mom walked hand in hand with my son (5years) she was talking about how much people lost.  He, very maturely, looked up at her and said, “That’s why we donate.”

When we returned home, without having a discussion, my son looked around our bathroom and said, “We are so lucky to have running water.  Not everyone has that.  We are so lucky to have pjs to sleep in and a bed.  Not everyone has that…..”  He then went off on a preschool tangent listing everything in our house and reminding me that not everyone has that.

The amazing thing was, I knew that he was referring to Puerto Rico.  I have always talked about gratitude with them (and why we donate) but seeing it stuck with him in a different way.  As a teacher and a mom, I can tell you that my words can only go so far.  His visual of the homes and experience of interacting with locals having smiles on their faces was powerful.

Previously, I have written about taking my children out of school for vacation.  My children are still young and I don’t plan on putting them at a disadvantage academically, but I see benefits beyond school when traveling…..

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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


Self care package has been chosen

The self care package winner has been chosen and contacted. Congrats Elisha! I hope you enjoy your me time and Aromafloria mixology products!

If you were not chosen and are interested in unscented lotions, oils and mixable products I suggest Aromafloria.

I am extremely sensitive to smell and love how I buy the bath and body products without smell and add essential oils that fit my needs that day.


*This is an affiliate link which means if you purchase from it I will be rewarded for my recommendation. I hope you enjoy it as I do. My opinions are my own and I recommend products I use in my home.

Self Care, Love, Bath and Body Giveaway

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  In the month of love and self care, I am excited to announce that I am giving away one special bath and body package from Aromafloria.  Aromafloria is perfect because it offers an unscented mixology line for my sensitive smell needs.  Some days I add essential oils like peppermint and other days I leave all my products completely scentless.

The package includes:

  • Body Butter
  • Bath Salts
  • Peppermint Essential Oil

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What is your favorite way to show self care?

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2/14/18 (12:00am)-2/21/18 (12:00am)



Want to know more about Aromafloria and the mixology line?  Here’s how I use them in My Migraine Life.

Essential oil

Baths and body


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How I Take Baths for Migraine and Better Health

Self care february (6)Taking a bath has become part of my self care routine.  I typically make the time on Sundays to soak my week away.  When I take a bath I love to create a relaxing and individualized experience.  I fill my bath, light a candle, grab some water and turn on music (some days I love the quiet).

I fill my bath with:



Instead of a candle, I have a lantern made by my daughter. It looks beautiful lit with a battery candle.  I follow my bath up with body butter that’s essential oil mixable but I like it unscented.


The benefits of baths are endless.

Increase relaxation

Boost Magnesium levels (many Migraine sufferers are known to be insufficient)

Reduce stress

Reduce pain and inflammation

Relieve constipation

Increase energy or mental vibrancy

Soothe sore muscles

Eliminate toxins

Sleep better


What do you put in your bath?



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Diffusing Oils for Self Care, More Energy and Better Health

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Today I started our morning out by diffusing Orange and Peppermint essential oils.  After a week of flu, migraine, doctor’s appointments and snow storms, we started our morning by diffusing some oils.

My personal favorite oils, these days, is Aromafloria!  I’ve talked about my love for Aromafloria unscented products before and now I have been given oils to mix.  I am an affiliate* for Aromafloria which means that if you love unscented products and choosing your own essential oils and decide to buy, I will be rewarded for my recommendation.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  I only recommend products I use and today I needed them.  This month I will describe how I use the oils and unscented mixology line in a variety of ways in my self care routine.

This morning I used orange because it is uplifting to the mind and emotions.  After cleaning the house of all the germs, the orange is energizing yet dissipates the smell of any harsh chemicals I used to clean the day before.  I typically don’t like to use strong smelling cleaners, but when the flu hits, I use bleach!  I also used peppermint oil to diffuse because it is known to help clear congestion, reduce fever and is good for the nerves and stomach.

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Like my diffuser?  It’s from Organic Aromas and I love them*

Stay tuned for a special giveaway of Aromafloria products.  Buy some now and enter to win more later!  Win Win.

What oils do you diffuse?

See related posts:

Enjoying unscented bath products to fit my sensitive smell needs with Aromafloria

Aromafloria, helping me relax with essential oil bath products

Organic Aromas diffuser and essential oil for migraine, relaxation and a peaceful home

Organic Aromas-Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection

*This post contains affiliate links.  I have been given product to try and discuss while my opinions are my own.  I only use what I talk about and won’t talk about products I don’t like for any reason.  See full disclaimer here