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.

Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection Trigger a Migraine? Plus Products to Survive the Winter

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Here it is again….that time of year that I’m either getting a cold or sinus inflection and they all result in a migraine.  It seems to happen every year!  Does this happen to you too?

Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection Trigger a Migraine?


FYI* Here’s some of my favorite products getting me through the winter:


Original Sprout– 45% off Natural Finishing Mist Code: MIST2018 *Continental US shipping addresses only *Expires Jan 11th 2018 Organic natural child and adult hair care


SensaCalm– Weighted blanket.  My favorite winter present to snuggle under!


Axon Optics– Eyewear for light sensitivity


Aromafloria-Unscented lotion, oils etc. that can be left without smell or mixed with your favorite essential oil

*These are affiliate links.  This means if you buy from the link I provide I will be rewarded.  Thank you, I hope you like the product as much as I do.  I only recommend things I use in my home and for relief.

Trying Medications that Fail

I just ran across this article I wrote in 2016 for Newlifeoutlook.

It is just another reminder of all the crazy things I try in order to feel better! I’m constantly trying new medications, therapies and life style changes to fit my individual needs.

Medications are such an important part of fighting Migraine and something that is so personal. There is a lot that doesn’t work and makes things worse or different. This was a major fail!


Best My Migraine Life posts of 2017

Here’s a few of the most popular posts from 2017.  If it’s cold where you are, it’s a good time to cuddle up and catch up on some reading.

How we doctor my dog and she doctors me

This is going to be a short and sweet post. I’ve been sick since Christmas and my brain is feeling less than creative. In fact it’s down right stuffy, pained, exhausted, a bit sad, stressed and frustrated.

So I thought I’d share a fur baby and girl baby story that I think many of you will appreciate….

As I sat with a sinus infection, while experiencing side effects from new meds and my son being sick with constant meltdowns I watched my daughter “doctor up” my dog yesterday.

All she wanted from Santa was a pet vet clinic, she loves animals! I watched my dog wait in the waiting room (yes, that’s my SensaCalm weighted blanket on the couch that I have been hibernating under while I’m sick! Affiliate link)

Then she was seen by the doctor

That evening I missed a big traditional family dinner. As I sat in my dark room, my dog held my hand and kept me company for hours.

The head pain of Migraine is really extreme! All of the other things really suck! And there are a lot of other things (body aches, nausea, cold hands/feet/nose, etc)! One of the hardest things is being alone and missing out though! It’s really hard!

My dog is more than a dog, especially during these times. She is my sanity and a soul that is literally by my side during dark times. Anyone who has cried holding their pet can understand the depths of this bond.

I’m so proud that my daughter is such an avid animal lover. She gives and receives love in the biggest way and has the biggest heart. Seeing her show the love and compassion that my dog shows is something really special! ❤️❤️

Anyone else spending extra time with their fur baby being sick this Winter break?

Am I the only one fighting being sick while having sick children?

Local research for Chronic Migraine now enrolling-qualify and receive payment that varies by study

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A new trial is being done to help medical research for migraines.


Chronic migraine headaches can interfere with work, family, and leisure. Medications may not manage the pain, nausea, dizziness and other symptoms associated with migraines. This trial may help people suffering from chronic migraines maintain their lifestyle better. Please share this study with your community and help medical research for migraines.

Please complete the online questionnaire to see if you are eligible for the trial

Learn more about this trial on the sponsor website.

If you are not familiar with clinical trials, here are some FAQs:

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.  All new investigational medications and devices must undergo several clinical trials, often involving thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

You will have access to new investigational treatment that wouldn’t be available to the general public only upon approval.  You will also review study-related medical care and attention from clinical trial staff at research facilities.  Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatment for others in the future.

“My Relationship to CureClick” (full-disclosure link): http://curec.lk/1Gb4toG

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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!