Migraine and Headache Awareness Month 2017

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Migraine and Headache Awareness month begins today!  I will fully admit that I may be a bit behind on posting due to a cycle of migraine that just will not go away!  I will be participating and challenging myself each day to do some kind of advocacy for migraine and headache awareness.

Day one is simple:

I’m asking you to share this post and invite others to follow:

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 I think you will be shocked to see who suffers from migraine and headache disorders.  I can’t tell you how many people I have run into that say, “I don’t suffer like you, but I do get headaches or migraines in my own way……”  We all suffer differently but can learn so much from each other.  By others following they can learn from my experiences and I can learn from theirs.  Supporters (parents, friends, co workers, bosses, neighbors) will learn how to help a loved one and understand the depths of migraine and headache disorders. 

Knowledge is power and following will give you added power to fight!

This month My Migraine Life will be giving you opportunities to:

·         WIN a giveaway

·         Fundraise for migraine and headache disorders

·         Learn new information

·         Find and receive ways of support

·         Make some social media “noise”

Some events allow you to spend your money on fundraisers or products that help sufferers.  Some events don’t require money and only ask for your participation.  Some events are to teach you while others are to support you.  There is a variety of ways to make Migraine and Headache Awareness Month a success.

 

So first things first…….follow and share on all social media to get as many involved as possible.  Together we can make a difference! 

Thank you!!!!!

 

 

 

Running for Research and Icing with Migraine

runnin' for research. actually walking...

runnin’ for research. actually walking…

Last weekend my family moved for Migraine Research through American Headache Migraine Association.  We virtually ran for the Morgantown run but if you missed it, you can still participate in the run in Lousiville on October 17th.    My family are not runners but we chose to donate and move.  Here I am on the treadmill.  It was a cold and rainy day and I didn’t run, but I walked on the treadmill.

runnin' for research

My men doing some pull ups

downward dog for research

my kids doing downward dogs with my favorite dog in the background

runnin' for research

My in laws riding their bikes on vacation

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin' for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin’ for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Having support and giving money for research felt great but working out doesn’t come without some sort of aches and pains.  Both my mother in law and husband have had knee surgery and need to ice after they have exercised.  I am a huge user of ice therapy for my head and ice helps my husband control swelling in his knee.

 

Disclosure: “I have been given Flexi Kold as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“

Fortunately, he was able to use Flexi Kold.  Flexi Kold was sent to me for a review and my husband is a perfect person to try it.  He likes the large surface that it covers and how you can conform it to the knee.  It is a polygel product with a money back guarantee.  There are many different types including the standard size, half size, neck contour, oversize and more.  He really likes that it is cold yet he is able to put it on his skin without a barrier in between.  While he enjoys that, he has found that it doesn’t stay cold that long and wishes it could be used for a lengthier amount of time.  On the picture on the right you can see that he had a towel under his knee and thrown up on the couch.  When he uses Flexi Kold, he wraps a towel around the ice pack and likes it’s flexibility to cover the entire knee.

So I encourage you all to move on Oct 17th runnin’ for research through AHMA or for whatever other reason you have.  Remember to take it at your own pace and in your own way.  Ice and take care of yourself!

Migraine Awareness Month

#migraine and #headache awareness month

Exactly one year ago I started blogging for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.  I read my prompt and response.  It reminded me that over the course of a year I have learned so much and gained so much insight.  Yet, unfortunately, I’m pretty much the same.  So I’m more motivated than ever to raise awareness for Migraine and Headache disorders.  It really needs a change and help.  My motivation for the month will be to share some ways to help.  I hope it will be fun and you will want to participate. To start off with a little fun, I have a giveaway starting tomorrow!

I’ll start the week with a quote:

“Understanding the challenges you face with your illness, and then planning a life despite them, may be one of the healthiest decisions you will ever make.- Lisa Copen” 

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I try to live my life with hope.  I don’t have a choice when I will suffer but I do have a choice of how I live beyond it.

The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association – See more at: http://www.ahmablog.com/#sthash.UI3JVS0Z.dpuf