Miles for Migraine race/walk Cincinnati 2018 with My Migraine Life

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Please join us on June 10, 2018 for the inaugural Cincinnati Walk/Run

Date/Time: Sunday June 10, 2018 8:30 AM
Location: Otto Armleder Memorial Park
Distance: 2 Mile Walk / 5K Run / 10k Run

 

“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.”

This years Cleveland’s race was such a success and I hope to make Cincinnati’s inaugural walk/run the same.  Here’s some highlights:

To sign up to the Cincinnati walk/run please follow these directions:

Follow this link

If you are donating:  click on  “donate to participant” on left side bar

  • Look up name: Sarah Rathsack and donate to my page 🙂

If you are registering: “view teams” on left side bar

  • Join team My Migraine Life

If you donate or register, in general, I will not get credit for my referral.  Miles for Migraine tracks their top fundraisers and referrals.  Please donate to my page or join team My Migraine Life to give our great community a voice and show how  united My Migraine Lifers can be.  Whether it’s for you, a family member, a friend or co workers.  You are fighting and walking to make a difference.  Your support is so appreciated!!!!!!

 

*Please notify me if you have donated or joined our team!  I would like to thank you personally and know that your donation has gone to my page and team.  I really am grateful for your consideration!!!

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Saying goodbye to my dog

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This week I said goodbye to my best friend, my migraine fighter, my heart and my soul.

Words can’t express the painful, excruciating grief I feel wandering around my home without my shadow. I see her, I hear her, I feel her everywhere.

On her last day, we celebrated her 13th birthday a few weeks early. She left with a smile on her face, a belly full of treats and her tail wagging.

I will be pouring my love out for her when I’m ready.  I have so many things to say about this magical creature that blessed my life.

As for now, I could  use support.

There is a hole in my heart and everyday life. She made me a mom and has walked with me through the best and hardest years of my life.  If you’ve followed me or known me at all, you know Lucia was my smile, my healer, and soul.

If you have any advice on how to take steps forward or support, I sure could use it.

Is it OK to Get a Medal When You Don’t Win but Feel Like a Winner?

Another year, another Miles for Migraine walk completed.  Last year I participated virtually and received a medal for my participation.  This year, I was at the race and again received a medal.  I wasn’t a winner in either race (although I was the top fundraiser and team My Migraine Life was also so I consider that a win!!!).

It begs the question, are participation trophies ok?  Here is my answer 

What do you think?

Patient Perspective on My Migraine Life

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I was asked to tell my patient perspective  on having migraine at the Miles for Migraine inaugural walk/run in Cleveland.  In the speech, I named my support system “My Migraine Lifers.” I feel honored to be a voice for all of us who live our Migraine Lives and all of those who fight by our sides.

Thank you Katie.  And thank you Miles for Migraine for putting on this event.  It feels so good to be among such migraine fighters.  Migraines are typically fought in the dark and in the quiet. Today we are stepping out and putting a face on what we often fight behind closed doors and I’m so excited to be here.

I think it’s amazing how all of our stories are so different, yet we have some things in common:

I’ve thrown up 3 times on my way to work with a migraine and had my boss tell me he “had a headache too.”

I know I’m not the only one who fights this stigma.

I’ve lost friendships and missed events both big and small.

I know I’m not the only one who hopes for better understanding.

I’ve spent endless money on medications, products, therapies and anything that promised the smallest amount of relief.

I know I’m not the only one looking for lifestyle changes and better treatment options.

I’ve been judged and by no one more than myself.  The guilt, sadness, anxiety, “what ifs” add up for us all.

But This is why we are here today. To break down the stigma, to help others and to say thank you to all those who support us.

I’ve had Migraines since I was 5.  I don’t have many stages of my life that I don’t recall how they affected me.  Both of my grandmothers and my mom suffered from Migraine.  We had an idea of what it may be but had no idea of the difficult journey that lay ahead.

After years of searching for why I felt so awful, Dr. Reed was the first doctor to make me feel like I wasn’t crazy.  She didn’t promise a cure, because there isn’t one.  But she promised to help and join my fight and her whole office did.

After all of these years, I have learned to be thankful every day.  I have gained gratitude and there is nothing I am more grateful for than “My Migraine Lifers.”

I write a blog named “My Migraine Life.”  I tell my stories, share information and bring together a community of My Migraine Lifers.  With more than 36 Million people suffering from Migraine, everyone knows someone in their life who suffers.

My life feels like it is dictated by my migraines but I live a happy, blessed life because of all of these people.

It’s the group I have gathered over all of these years and the ones who suffer and fight right beside me.  It’s my babies, my husband, my parents, my sister and nieces, my friends, my coworkers, my doctors and the migraine community.  They are here with me today and if you look around they are here with you.

My advocacy hasn’t decreased my migraines or made them better.  I would love to tell you something different.  But what it has done, is brought a clearer picture of how if effects my life, how it affects others and how we can work together to be happier and healthier.

We all struggle, we all need understanding, and we all need support.

Thank you all for being here today on this really cold morning.

It’s not just about me or my fellow migraine warriors.

It’s about ALL of us.

I appreciate you all for taking steps in YOUR Migraine Life and supporting Miles for Migraine.

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With Dr. Reed, a neurologist who fought by my side for many years.  She was instrumental in getting Miles for Migraine to Cleveland and was asked to speak as a doctor’s perspective.

 

Cleveland Migraine Walk/Run Results and Accomplishments 2018 with Miles for Migraine

 

This weekend was Miles for Migraine inaugural walk/run in Cleveland.  It was a great success due to all of the generous donations!!!  Thank you for all of the support!

The donations

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At time of post…

Total donations: $3,831

My Migraine Life team: $1,519

Due to everyone’s support, my team was the top fundraisers and I was  acknowledged as the top person to raise money for this event.  Once again….THANK YOU!!!

Announcements, doctor and patient perspectives

 

 

Before the race, Katie MacDonald, our coordinator, gave a speech reminding us all why we were there.

Dr. Reed followed her opening announcements by expressing how she is motivated as a neurologist and fellow runner.  She was instrumental in bringing Miles for Migraine to Cleveland and sets the example of how a doctor can make a difference inside the office and takes running strides towards making a difference outside of it.  I have seen first hand what she can do as a doctor.  She was my neurologist for close to 10 years and her office saw me through a wedding, 2 children, many difficult years of stressful work and beyond.  It was a special day to be honored next to someone who has fought along side me all those years.

Then I gave my patient perspective.  I was asked to speak because of the influence I have had with My Migraine Life.  I started writing my blog less than 4 years ago and could not have dreamed where it would take me.  It feels so good to be helping people all over the world through my blog while helping people in my community and making connections in person.  It felt great to thank all those who have inspired me and made my quality of life possible.  Without them helping me, I could not help others.

What makes you go the extra mile? The walk that turned into a run for some. #MoretoMigraine

 

 

A board was set up to say why “you go the extra mile.”  The response turned into beautiful family pictures and amazing encouragement.

We were all set to walk the race and the younger members of our group decided to run.  Thank you to my sister and mom who then unexpectedly ran also.  I hung out with my friends and their stroller and took a lovely walk through the chilly yet scenic woods.

My Migraine Life team!!!

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Regardless if we walked or ran, we were all winners!  My Migraine life team was a true example of how I am surrounded by love and support.  My boss and her family (husband who fights post head trauma migraine), my childhood friend (who manages sports induced and trigger oriented migraine) and her adorable family, my mom (migraine fighter for herself and me), sister, nieces, and brother in law (who don’t have migraine but certainly have stepped up to help me in every aspect of my life), my husband (who has never wavered in his fight for me) and my babies (the reason I won’t allow defeat).

I’m  not sure, but I think we also had the biggest and cutest team also!!!!

Thank you again to all of those who supported Miles for Migraine.  Thank you to my fellow walkers/runners.  Without you, I wouldn’t be able to work, live, survive or smile without you.  You are all great lights in my life!

To those of you who donated and shared on social media….thank you!  A lot of you I don’t see often.  I know you wonder, pray, and support me from afar as I do you.  I could feel the love pouring in whether you were there or not.  It was a cold day in Cleveland but the sun shone on the event with warmth and light due to you all!

Miles for Migraine Walk in Cleveland 2018

There is less than a week left before Miles for Migraine comes to Cleveland.  This fundraiser is an amazing opportunity to bring awareness to Migraine and headache disorders along with raising funds to help improve the lives of those who sufferer and their families.

Interested in donating?  Go here

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Available to walk April 21, 2018?  Join us at South Mastick Park at 9:00am. Register here

THANK YOU

10 Best Things to do in NYC in 3 days

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We visited New York City in the beginning of April and it was cold and windy!  Although it was grey and wet, we managed to make the most of our trip in 3 days. I highly suggest the following 10 things……

1. Sarabeth’s

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We started our day at Sarabeth’s.  This was  recommended to us by a local New Yorker and it did not disappoint.  There are a few locations around the city and we dined in Tribeca.  I initially loved it because my name is Sarah (with an h) and my sister’s name is Beth.  It sounded like a good fit.

The ambiance was adorable, the coffee was exactly what I needed and the lemon ricotta pancakes were out of this world!!!!!  The portions were large and so delicious. We had leftovers that we passed onto a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk.  As visitors, we didn’t need leftovers and sharing our meal felt really good!

Yum!  We left feeling good and passed along that feeling….

We picked this location so we could walk past the 9/11 memorial, stock exchange and head to Battery Park where we boarded to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  It was an easy walk with so much to see.

2. 9/11 Memorial

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This was an area I knew would be powerful.  Being in my 30s, I haven’t had many “I know exactly where I was when….” moments.  September 11, 2001 is one of them.  We all have our stories about that day but speaking with someone who was there and standing in front of the exact locations was obviously very different.

We spoke with a man outside of the survivor tree.  He was there to speak about how this resilient little tree has made it through some of New York’s devastating events.  The story evolved into his day working in the second tower on 9/11.  Time didn’t allow us to go to the museum but making a personal connection with this man and his stories about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 9/11 attacks, and the hurricanes was a history lesson I really felt.

3. Statue of Liberty

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Lady Liberty was someone I was looking forward to meeting.  My young children and nieces all know and askd about the Statue of Liberty.  She’s social studies 101 to all of us and I was excited to see her in person.

As we boarded the boat, it started pouring cold rain.  The grey sky doesn’t show the sheets of rain that were flowing as we walked around.  We had tickets for the grounds only.  We splashed in puddles as we took wet pictures and laughed as our umbrellas turned inside out.

If we have the opportunity to go back, I’d book tickets to the crown well in advance.  We planned our trip with short notice and would have liked to see inside.

4. Ellis Island

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After a wet time at the Statue of Liberty, we entered Ellis Island.   You could easily spend all day here reading all the information around the building.   It mapped out the fabric of our melting pot of country and really was something to see.

At this point I had a migraine, was tired, wet and ready to head back to our hotel.

5. St Patrick’s Cathedral

When we travel, we almost always find a church to visit.  “Every year, more than five million people of every different nationality and faith enter this Cathedral.”

We walked in off a bustling street to this gorgeous and harmonious cathedral.  Usually when we walk through a church it is really quiet and still.  This church happened to be filled with a high school choir singing and they blessed us all with their songs!  It was magical! As we walked around admiring the endless stained glass and details, the church felt alive, warm and welcoming.

6. Top of the Rock

Wind in my hair, I don’t care.  (For more crazy hair and New York pictures, check out my Instagram)

The day we went to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center there were 50 mile an hour winds.  We headed up 70 floors and I literally almost fell over. *Tip: The guard told me to drop to the ground when he saw me carried by the wind.

Thankfully it didn’t rain on us that day.  I would not have loved being up there in rain, but even on a windy cloudy day, this view was impressive!

7. Rockefeller Plaza

I’ve seen Rockefeller Plaza on t.v. so many times, we had to see it.  The ice skating rink is right smack in the middle of all of these buildings.  That’s New York City.  You walk through all these building then all of a sudden a special gem is nestled among them. (I felt the same way about St. Patrick’s Cathedral.)

We went the Monday after Easter and there were beautiful flowers and twirling characters promising Spring while we walked among them in our Winter coats.

8. Times Square

 

We went to Times Square during both the day and night.  It gave a different vibe each time.  Seeing the New Year’s Eve ball was cool.  Once again, this was a place I’ve seen on t.v. for many years.  Imagining the street with wall to wall people as it is on New Year’s Eve made me a bit claustrophobic but on a Tuesday in April it provided entertaining people watching, lots of billboard watching, shopping and lunch.

9. Chelsea Market

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I originally wanted to go to Chelsea Market to see the High Line.  The High Line is an old railroad track turned attraction which boasts amazing wildlife and city views.  Unfortunately, it was too early in the year for wildlife and was a bit cold for an evening stroll.

Chelsea Market, yet again, was something to experience.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge shopper.  Despite that, we enjoyed wandering the shops of this unique market.  We spent time in a cute book store, enjoyed the local artists creations and designs while wandering past countless food options.

10. Artichoke Pizza

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Although Chelsea Market had endless choices for food, we always end up at pizza.

I had heard about Artichoke Pizza and it was close to Chelsea Market so we stopped in and got a cute corner table.  They played great music, had a cool laid back vibe and most importantly had phenomenal pizza.  The slices were huge, filling and so good!  We had to try New York pizza and I’m so glad we tried Artichoke!

 

Overall, 3 days can’t even touch the amount of things to do in NYC.  We ate, we walked, we toured and we enjoyed!  We got rained on, blown over and saw a bit of sunshine.  I found New Yorkers to be pleasant and didn’t feel unsafe as I had been warned by so many.

It was a place with endless options, lots of energy and history.  I can see why people exclaim “I Love New York” because I loved New York.

*Tip: Be ready for weather.