Miles for Migraine Cincinnati Results 2018 race/walk

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This weekend, I was part of Miles for Migraine race in Cincinnati.  It was a beautiful and warm day filled with love, support and a group of people fighting stigma and raising money for Migraine and headache disorders.

 

 

The race raised $3,550

Team My Migraine Life raised $567.37.  Thank you to all those who donated.

We were the top team!!! I’m so proud of us 🙂

The day began with fighting a 3 day migraine that I had traveled with but had huge inspiration to make it to the event.  When I got there, I was surrounded with some migraine advocate powerhouses.
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Michelle Tracy, Migraine Warrior, represented the INVisible project with her smiling face and sharing her inspiring personal stories. She also spoke to the group about being a patient advocate and how we can all be one ourselves.

Not only is Michelle an amazing and strong advocate but she was brave enough to sing the National Anthem to begin our race.  She has a strong voice as a patient and as a singer!

Katie Golden, GoldenGraine, brought sparkle to all of our days.  She is the senior contributing writer to the INVisble Project and a fierce advocate.  I can’t possibly list all of the things she is doing for the migraine and pain community but check her out and follow along.  She was kind enough to run the race with my daughter and then touch up her sparkles…..because there is no such thing as too much glitter!

IMG_3555 I once again gave my patient perspective.  I was shaky and read my speech because I could not guarantee that I could string my words together and make sense.  I felt so proud that I stood up to the pain and was able to put a face on what migraine disease really looks like.

We also heard from Dr. Andrew Hershey, the chair and director of the division of neurology at Cincinnati Children’s. He is a professor of pediatrics and neurology.

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After that, we walked.  At the Miles for Migraine events you are welcome to run and be a fierce competitor, walk and enjoy your team or stay at the tents to mingle or relax.  It’s all about building community, moving how you can and raising funds so we all can live a healthier life.

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The best part of the day was being with the ones that I love.  Spending a morning for a good cause with good people is always a great way start to the day.  I woke up in pain, shaky, sick and not sure if I could make it.  Thanks to effective medication, endorphins and a bit of luck, I was able to enjoy the day.  I walked with some of our best friends, my husband and our mini me’s.  It was a day that we  plan on turning into a tradition.

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Wondering about the Brain Hat? The Brain Hat Society is for people with migraine, their caregivers, friends and family while recognizing  their heroic efforts.  If you raise $50 you can be a member.  Purple is for migraine sufferers and pink is for the caregivers and loved ones.

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Thank you to all that supported and continue to fight.  We are fighting not just for ourselves but for future generations.

IMG_3582Also, a BIG thank you to the sponsors and these hard working ladies!  Shirley Kessel is the Miles for Migraine president while Katie MacDonald oversees operations.  They work tirelessly on bringing these events to more cities and raising funds to benefit so many.

Check to see if Miles for Migraine is coming to your city and how you can participate virtually!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Headache Hat and raising money for Migraine and Headache Disorders

 

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Holding hands with my support animal and icing with Headache Hat.  2 of my favorite ways to battle Migraine.

 

This year I am participating in the Miles for Migraine walk.  I have done it virtually in the past and will physically be there this year in Cleveland and Cincinnati!  While not everyone can participate by being at the race, anyone can donate virtually.

Please consider helping me raising money for  improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine.

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I’d like to give a SPECIAL THANKS to my favorite Migraine product and friend The Headache Hat.

With all of the products I have reviewed and used, the Headache Hat is by far the best!!!  I am not an affiliate of this product yet tell everyone about it!  My recommendation is purely for my love of this ice cube head band.  I have several in my freezer, both standard and halo.  I use one every night and often change it out in the middle of the night requiring more.  I am not sure how I ever lived without the Headache Hat!  I used to pile on bags of wet ice or lay on stiff ice packs leaving me immobile and uncomfortable.  I now can ice and move around my house if needed.

The Headache Hat is so special because:

  1. The individual ice cubes give an exact pressure point pressure and freeze. It is  individualized for each differing Migraine and headache pain.
  2. It is dry and stays in place.  No more waking up soaking wet and laying completely still without movement.  I can sleep with it and often make breakfast or lunches while moving around the kitchen.  I also wear in in the car!
  3. It comes in standard and Halo sizes.  The Halo size is loved by children for fevers, bumped heads and more.
  4. It’s not just for Migraine sufferers.  I recommend every house having one (or many like me!)
  5. The creator of the Headache Hat is concerned about making a difference and helping those of us suffering.  She is also a headache and Migraine sufferer.  She works really hard, while having a family of her own, and is changing the world for sufferers one hat at a time.
    • She has recently been seen on Kelly & Ben winning the Good Housekeeping seal contest and HSN selling out!

Not only does she sell an amazing product, advocate and help so many, but she has been so generous in donating to MY MIGRAINE LIFE team for Miles for Migraine.

Thank you HEADACACHE HAT!!!  You have changed my life and will continue to change the lives of so many more.  Your generosity is more than appreciated!  Your hard work and product  is felt deeply in my heart and daily on my head!

Want to make a difference?  Please donate

Able to walk or run in Cleveland April 21, 2018?  Please join my team

 

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This is the face of Migraine.  No make up, puffy face, pained.  While my children both had the flu and I had a Migraine, this is the way we watched our Disney movies that day.

 

 

 

Miles for Migraine fundraiser walk/run 2018 race series

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I have some exciting news!!!  Miles for Migraine has announced that they have expanded their race/walk cities throughout the U.S. in 2018.  For those of you that have been following along, I have been involved in Miles for Migraine virtually and am a proud fundraiser for them!  Check out how

What does Miles for Migraine* do?

“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.”*

Race Series 2018

Saturday February 17, 2018

*Get ready Cincinatti friends!  I’m so excited to be able to walk with my family for Miles for Migraine in person for the first time.  I’ve walked for so many charities over the years and am so proud to be walking for my own this year!! Join and walk with us!

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Walk, Run & Virtual

**I’m super psyched about a walk/run in Cleveland! I’m hoping to bring a hometown team together to walk in Cleveland.  Stay posted if you are interested….

Saturday April 21, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday April 14, 2018
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Sunday May 13, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday October 6, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

2018 date coming soon
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

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The best part of virtually participating is that you can do what you can, when you can, how you can, where you can.  Whatever your efforts, thank you!

“Money raised through donations and race registrations goes directly to medical organizations researching migraine.”*

Miles for Migraine virtual walk and race dates 2017

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In June, I did a virtual challenge to raise money for Miles for Migraine.  “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.”

I made the goal of raising $300 for the 3 years I’ve been blogging and I’m happy to announce we met that goal and exceeded it!  Thank you to those who donated!  Migraine is terribly underfunded and every dollar goes a long way towards fellowship programs for training new doctors as well as research. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

For those of you that missed the fundraiser and would like participate yourself, I have a few more opportunities for you.

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Philadelphia                October 7, 2017

Washington, DC             October 15, 2017

Virtual Race                       Anytime!

 

Keep moving!  I have more race dates coming for Runnin’ for Research in which I participated last year.  I hope you are motivated to take one step at a time and each day get a bit stronger.  As a chronic migraineur, I feel like one day I step forward, the next I’m knocked back down .  The most important thing is that I take that step forward again…..

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.

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My men doing some pull ups

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

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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 2015

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Money raised for Migraine Research Foundation through Jamberry fundraiser.   It “raises money to fund research into the causes of migraine, to develop improved treatments for sufferers, and to find the cure.”

A lot happened during Migraine Awareness Month.  I learned, hopefully taught, raised money and did my part to raise awareness.  Migraine is underfunded and therefore sufferers aren’t being treated properly for their specific needs.  Stigma and understanding need to change in many ways and any advocacy helps.  Thank you to anyone who participated, shared, and supported migraine awareness this month and everyday

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I found this graphic particularly interesting. I personally donate to these very deserving foundations each year with no exception. While supporting these charities, I have never been to a walk, golf outing, fundraiser, or event dedicated to Migraine. So while I’m giving money to others, who is giving money to help my cause?

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