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.

Food and Migraine. A trigger, a symptom and cravings

Food is such a tricky thing to navigate with Migraine disease.  It is a trigger and I feel sick often when I eat a meal due to hidden triggers.  I’m often times nauseous during the day yet get sick if I don’t eat every few hours. I also crave foods as a symptom of an on coming Migraine.  It’s a constant struggle of how to eat food to nourish my body yet my body craves foods it won’t react well to or needs.

Here’s my story of how it reacts when it is having cravings prior to a Migraine:

Do you crave food before a Migraine?  Yes, sugar! Carbs!YES!YES!YES!


Do Weather Swings Trigger Your Migraine?

60 degrees one day, snow storm and several inches of snow the next.

Read how weather Swings effect my Migraines and what I do to battle.

Top 10 Gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and Self Care

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1.Fight your migraine and step into the light with Axon Optics glasses.

Use code: MIGRAINELIFE for 10% off now until Dec. 16

Natural Relief“Axon Optics’ therapeutic lenses help over 90% of customers achieve some level of relief. Most migraine sufferers who have worn Axon Eye wear to treat their light sensitivity have found them to be highly effective, with some sufferers reporting more migraine relief than others. ” See  Review

2. Headache Hat Cold Therapy


“The Headache Hat is a unique, wearable ice pack for migraine headaches and more. ” If you benefit from cold therapy, aka ever need an ice pack, this is the product for you! I LOVE Headache Hat and it has helped me so much! See Review

3. Organic Aromas— Aromatherapy

“Quiet and effective nebulizing essential oil diffuser for professional aromatherapy.”   Diffusing oils is an easy way to calm and change mood.  Oils can be used in countless ways and combinations. See Review

4. Sensacalm– Sensory integration therapy (touch)

“Custom weighted blankets and other products (that) can be therapeutic for anyone with Anxiety, Insomnia, Autism, ADHD, PTSD and sensory processing disorders.” Laying under a weighted blanket helps ease discomfort and provides relief.

5. Migraine Magick-“Super electrolyte spray-on migraine pain transformer

Use coupon  code mymigrainelife for $22 off an order through you.

“The Magick Brand™ incorporates principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body and soul as fundamental to nurturing energy and well-being. ” I use this spray on my shoulders, neck and face to relieve pain.

6. Aromafloria-Aromatherapy (unscented products)

Inline Rectangle“Aromatherapy products both smell luscious and are highly effective through the use of pure essential oils, therapeutic herbs, exotic botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals from around the world.” These unscented products can be mixed with your personal preference of essential oil or left completely smell less.

7. Original Sprout-“Organic Vegan hair care, bath, and styling products for the entire Family” Low fumes and chemicals

$10 off your order now!


“Clean, non-toxic, all natural hair and skin products that every parent can be proud to use on their entire family.”  I am sensitive to smelly hair products and the organic extracts are gentle and natural. See Review

8. Om-Self care packages, products and information

Use code MyMigraineLife for 30%off Zen Nectar

Zen Nectar Migraine Relief #zennectar

“The Community provides holistic support to  reduce the frequency & severity of migraines for people around the world, with the fundamental belief that healing starts with self love. ” See Review

9. EnviroKlenz-Allergy relief

“Effectively eliminate odors and chemical pollutants from indoor air spaces, surface and laundry” Allergies are a common migraine and headache trigger. This may not be the most glamorous gift but I’d rather get a gift I can use and will make me healthier than something not useful. See Review

10. Barometer or Weather prediction device


 See how Weather hurts

Good luck for find what fits you and your loved ones life. To health and happiness!

Happy Shopping!

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

How Disney World switched to Original Sprout products that reduced Migraine triggers and headaches

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Recently, I went to Disney World with my family.  I love Disney World!  My family, the adventures, the magic and the fun.  It all was a dream come true.

After my last experience at the boutique that turns my daughter into a princess, I feared the hair spray smell. The last time we went, the lights were really bright.  Beyond the lights was the smell.  Oooooooooh the smell.  I had started my day with a migraine. Standing in air that was saturated with strong hair spray made me really sick!

This time, I was prepared.  I had my Axon Optics in my purse and wore a scarf that I sprayed with my favorite essential oil to cover my nose.  As we were called back and I entered the room, I was confused.  Where was the smell?

As we settled in, I asked our fair Godmother what was different. The air was breathable without trigger and I felt much more relaxed.  The answer was Original Sprout.  She then explained to me how their last hair spray was so stiff that it was giving little girls headaches.  My ears perked up when she said the word “headache” because I live to prevent headaches in my family.

Disney World switched to Original Sprout products to give the little girls a more natural and less stiff hairstyle.  I was so impressed with their response to give families a “soft, strong, healthy hold” that provides thicker luscious locks all day & night. The Natural Finishing Mist is “for all hair types & textures with organic extracts & plant proteins to help strengthen & smooth.”  The soothing organic extracts made a huge difference as a migraine trigger and breathable air.

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The experience was so much more enjoyable with using Original Sprout products.  Thank you to Disney World for making the responsible switch to Original Sprout and thank you to Original Sprout for the products to try after falling in love with your line.

Want to try Original Sprout for yourself and children?

Use this link for $10 off your purchase

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



13 ways to survive working with Chronic Illness

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I have been a full time teacher with Chronic Migraine.

I have been a full time stay at home mom with Chronic Migraine. 

I am a full time mom and part time teacher with Chronic Migraine. 

They all are difficult jobs and adding a chronic illness makes life even more complicated and difficult.  

So the questions remains, how do you work while having Chronic Migraine?  How was I able to return to work

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  • Work part time

I only work a few days a week and seem to have letdown migraines on my days off.  I save time for self-care during those day.

Tip: Know time off policies and if a substitute is available

  • Find coworkers who support you

At my job that I missed a lot of time off, my boss was arrogant and my coworkers were judgmental.  With my new job, my coworkers are like a supportive family and my boss is loving and understanding.  This benefits the group because I’m not motivated to work out of judgment or consequences but out of commitment and love for the job and workers I call friends. I really have fun at work and love to be there.

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  • Ask for and learn how to accommodate your needs 

I requested that my classroom be on the side of the building that does not get direct sun or heat.  I also have control over the lighting.  Heat and lights (fluorescent) are especially big triggers.  I use Axon Optics glasses on days I need extra light protection for my eyes.  I use other lotions, oils and natural products to treat myself topically.

  • Understand clients

I found that when I disclosed that I had Chronic Migraine to my boss at one job I was judged and at my current job she understood me better.  The same goes for clients.  As a teacher who was missing work, I sent home a letter explaining my chronic disease.  I found that the parents were very open and appreciated my honesty but I was unsure what the feedback would be.  Understanding the children and families I work for has allowed me to personally connect more.  I feel like my families want the best for me as I want the best for them and mutual respect once again motivates me.

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  • Low stress, high reward

With a part time position, my stress has decreased tremendously.  I am able to focus on myself, my family and other aspects of my life other than my job.  Stress was my main factor in turning episodic to chronic.  I now have a handle on how to deal with stress and my priorities are different.  As a teacher without children and now with children, my views on teaching are very different. I have always had a passion for teaching and love children.  The reward is huge!!!  Being someone who is making a difference every day and seeing growth in my students is so rewarding. 

It gives me pure joy and joy is great medication! Find joy in your job.

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  • Set realistic goals and expectations

Putting pressure on myself to be something I’m not only raises stress.  I have realistic ideas of what I can do, what I want to do and how I’m going to attain those goals.  Setting myself up for failure will only derail my treatment.  I set goals I know I can reach and am proud when I meet them.  A positive attitude and learning from the past allows me to move forward.

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  • Commute

Driving is extremely difficult with even a low grade migraine.  At my old job I had a longer commute and found that many days I was throwing up on the side of the road before and after work.  At times I liked it to decompress but most of the time was pained from the drive.  I now have a short drive that I can drive to with my eyes closed (don’t worry, I don’t but I could).

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  • Water, coffee and snacks

Caffeine can be a benefit or trigger.  Coffee  is beneficial to my migraines. During my morning of teaching, I drink coffee before the students arrive and drink a huge water bottle throughout my day.   As a class, we have scheduled potty breaks and snack time so we all get time to refuel. 

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  • Sleep schedule

I wake up the same time every day whether I’m working or not.  I stay on a consistent sleep schedule in order to be refreshed and ready for my day.

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  • Take breaks

When I feel a migraine raising, I get a bit panicked.  During my students specials I have the ability to take a break, focus, drink more coffee, or water.  Just allowing 10 minutes of quiet and focused breathing make a world of difference to my rising pain.

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  • Use flexible work time if possible

I am able to get a lot of my work done outside of the classroom.  I am also a busy mom and find that planning and prepping can be done once they go to bed.  Instead of staying late at school, I bring a lot of my work home and also plan ahead.  By being over prepared I am able to relieve stress.  If I’m sick in bed and worrying about work, I get sicker.  When I have everything done, being sick for days doesn’t stress me out about work because I know I’m prepared.  Planning and being prepared makes my life, in general, much easier.

  • Moving my body and distraction

There are days I go to school feeling sick and am completely consumed by my students.  The minute my students leave and all is quiet, the pain comes flooding back.  I’m so distracted and filled with endorphins while I’m at school that at the end of the day I’m punished more.  There have been days that I work till lunch and am in bed until the next day.  The distraction of a job that I love helps me get through many mornings.

Having a job that I am active in helps.  Stretching, dancing and moving keeps my body active.  I would not be unable to sit at a desk staring at a screen all day.  My body needs to move and my brain needs a break from technology.

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  • Money vs time

As a part time employee in the teaching field, you can imagine I’m not a millionaire.  Working salary and full time was not something I could keep up with.  Working part time, I do not make a lot of money but am able to do what I love with people I care for.  Sometimes money isn’t everything (although it pays for my medical expenses, so I really need it).


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 With all of this said, I found a dream job.  Not everyone gets to work part time (either financially or in their field of interest).  Disability is difficult to get as a migraine sufferer and most jobs it is difficult to find balance.  Time off isn’t always possible without consequences and substitutes are not common. Falling behind on work is inevitable.  Finding coworkers that are friends is not a choice but a lucky draw.  The same goes for bosses.

All circumstances and lives are different.  I encourage you to find something you love.  Find a part time job, a job online, a job that can be flexible and a job that makes you happy.  Migraine is the definition of pain and unhappiness…..find something you love and makes you better.  Easier written than done, I know!!!

I, honestly, was not sure if I’d ever be able to go back to teaching with how severe my disease is.   I took a chance and it paid off.  I was very aware that it may not be possible, but I never let that deter me.  I tried it and it worked.  Not every job works but I’m so glad I took that leap.

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