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.

 

 

 

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Puerto Rico’s Resilience Teaches Lessons

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This year, we began our trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We have been to San Juan and always love it!  We had not returned since Puerto Rico was hit by the hurricane and it was different.  As we approached landing, we saw the blue tarps covering homes as roofs and the destruction that was left behind.  With that said,

It is a magical place that screams resilience, history and strength!

Throughout our days there, we spoke with an electrician working hot long days on reestablishing electricity while working with generators.  He was touched by the locals cooking him lunch and was happy to be helping. We spoke with our cab driver who seemed grateful for the United States assistance.  As we entered a local restaurant, we were welcomed by a local couple simply saying, “Welcome to our island!”  After such devastation, we found the Puerto Ricans to be as lovely as ever!

Here’s the lesson learned in Puerto Rico:

As we explored the city (and prior to coming) we told our children how it had been hit by a storm.  People lost everything!  At home, we often discuss being grateful and how lucky we are to have the many luxuries that we take for granted.  Puerto Rico was able to put our words into real life realizations.

As my mom walked hand in hand with my son (5years) she was talking about how much people lost.  He, very maturely, looked up at her and said, “That’s why we donate.”

When we returned home, without having a discussion, my son looked around our bathroom and said, “We are so lucky to have running water.  Not everyone has that.  We are so lucky to have pjs to sleep in and a bed.  Not everyone has that…..”  He then went off on a preschool tangent listing everything in our house and reminding me that not everyone has that.

The amazing thing was, I knew that he was referring to Puerto Rico.  I have always talked about gratitude with them (and why we donate) but seeing it stuck with him in a different way.  As a teacher and a mom, I can tell you that my words can only go so far.  His visual of the homes and experience of interacting with locals having smiles on their faces was powerful.

Previously, I have written about taking my children out of school for vacation.  My children are still young and I don’t plan on putting them at a disadvantage academically, but I see benefits beyond school when traveling…..

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Why I’m thankful, grateful and blessed the day after a Migraine

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This has been a tough weekend for me.  Friday I spend all day in bed and rode out a level 8+ pain level for over 5 hours as just part of my day fighting Migraine.  It was one of those day……

Along with all the people I listed in my Thankful post, yesterday I was simply thankful that I could leave my room.  Not many people understand the isolation of being chronically sick and the literal battle that is done within one’s self.

Yesterday I felt like a super hero for just being able to leave my room.  Small victory for most but for those of us who understand…..a reason to be THANKFUL!

Please continue to add to my list on how your are thankful, grateful and blessed.  Just setting the intention of finding something positive in each day may change your outlook altogether.   Comment here on the blog, on facebook, twitter or Instagram.  You don’t need to have migraine to comment.  Everyone should find gratitude in their day!

Major giveaway starting tomorrow!!

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Tomorrow is the launch of a HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!! 

This month, I’m working on giveaways, a holiday list of what to buy a Migraine or Chronic Illness sufferer and many reviews of my favorite products with discounts and more!!!!  It’s going to be a month filled with prizes, products and ways to love yourself and someone who suffers. 
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I look forward to spoiling the winners, treating my readers with discounts and giving back love in  as many ways as I can.  
I appreciate you so much for reading, following, responding, sharing, and spreading  My Migraine Life’s positivity and journey through chronic illness.  Without you, this blog and mission would not exist!!!!!!!

I am Thankful Despite Migraine

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Happy November and welcome to the month of gratitude

My chronic illness has made me a thankful person in general.  I’m thankful when I’m not in my dark quiet room.  It doesn’t mean that I’m not in pain, but if I’m good enough to be out of bed, I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for many, many, people who love me for just who I am.  I have had to weed out the people who don’t understand but isn’t that life and maturity?  I’m at an age now where my confidence is at its highest.  I know who I am and have surrounded myself with people who truly deserve my time.  I can be knocked down and dragged out by my migraines at any moment so I don’t waste my time with people who don’t make me happier or feel better.

I’m thankful for cuddling with my husband and eating dessert while we watch our favorite TV show.  It’s the small things in life that count and I’m so thankful that I get to spend my life with him.  Waking up to his face allows me to put one foot in front of the other during my worst days and if I can’t walk, he’ll carry me.

I’m thankful for my kids more than words can explain.  I’m thankful for my body that carried those babies and fed them.  I had never been thankful for my body before my two children. Not many girls are in love with themselves due to way too many unrealistic expectations.  With that added to being chronically ill, I never gave myself credit for what it can do.  It’s easy to focus on how much my body restricts me but  I’m now grateful that my body gave me children that motivate me every day.

I’m grateful for my third child, who came to me first, my amazing dog.  She’s so much more than a dog, she gives me love that a human can’t and is one of my strongest therapies. (My dog my nurse my love)

As always I am thankful for my family.  My parents, my in laws, my sister and beyond are my rocks.  You don’t get to pick your family, but if I had the choice, I’d choose them.

The people that I have chosen and am so thankful for are my friends.  They are people who could have walked away from our friendships because of my illness.  Most of my best friends have seen me in a lot of pain, throw up, packed me in ice and have had me cancel plans due to my migraines.  But they love me, dry heaves and all.   I’m thankful to have the most loving, supportive, funny, intelligent and amazing women as my friends. They are great examples to my children on what true friendship means.

Up until last year I had been a stay at home mom and it was the most challenging and incredible experience.  I now have the opportunity to be a full time mom and part time teacher.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the work force again but mostly how I was received.  My boss and coworkers instantly became friends and confidants in life.  They are aware of my Migraines and not only are judgement free but are supportive.  They either have Migraines themselves, have a spouse who suffers or see Migraines as more than a headache and how it alters my life.  It is an accepting group and one that wants the best for each other.  My students and their family’s are people I go home each night feeling grateful that I get to be a part of their lives.  I love teaching and being able to go back while keeping my migraines in check during school hours has been a blessing. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to go back to teaching and it fills a void I had while being at home.

I’m grateful for the Migraine community and MyMigraineLife.  My life and confidence, once again, changed when I began my blog.  Fellow sufferers are so powerful in their words and encouragement and I am confident that it has saved and improved lives.  We have laughed and cried together while sharing stories, advocating for foundations and making steps towards greater health.

My list of thankfuls and gratefuls can go on forever.  I am so blessed!  I guess I can complain about migraines, and believe me I do, but being thankful is way more fun and productive.  Migraines are depressing and many people get sucked into the pain hole that seems too deep to come out of.  Remembering my blessings keeps me mentally battling with pain, nausea, aura, weakness, fatigue etc. in a more positive way. The mental battle is incredibly difficult and I’m so thankful I have so much to be thankful for and motivated to fight for.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting on my blog and thoughts.  I’m thankful for you!!!  Without your feedback there would be many days that I would not be able to continue my blog.  It is difficult and uses spoons I may not have.  Your comments, likes and shares motivate me because I know I’m helping you or someone who may stumble across this page.

Please add to my Thankful list.  I will compile the answers and post the list for Thanksgiving. Come back everyday and add something you are thankful.  Showing gratitude, even for the smallest things, gives strength.

What are you Thankful for?

Being kind, grateful, paying it forward and thanking someone

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Years ago I was on vacation.  As I was washing my hands in the bathroom a woman dried her hands and pumped the paper towel holder a few extra times for me to grab.   As a bit of a germ phob, I obviously appreciated her kindness and when I said thank you, she simple replied….”pay it forward.”  Since then I try to do random acts of kindness as much as I can to constantly pay it forward.  Small things count.

Last week I pushed 2 abandoned shopping carts out of the handicapped parking spot to ensure someone who needed the spot could use it.

This week I cleared the table while we were out to dinner.  I have 2 messy kids and all our waitress needed to do was pick up the stacked plates with all the garbage on it and take it away.  Is it her job to clear our table?  Yes.  Could I make it easier for her, yes, so we did.

While being a good Samaritan, I have many times gotten angry at the lack of acknowledgment for my good deeds.  Am I doing them to get credit, no.  But when I let you in my lane by waving you in, a simple hand up in the rear view mirror would be nice.

It seriously shocks me at how rude and inconsiderate people can be.  While I’m  carrying my son and holding my daughter’s hand and somehow holding the door for the person behind me with my spare hip and the person walks in without a thank you, I’m stunned.  The ironic thing is, the toddler I’m holding has better manners than the adult who walked by us.

I run into too few good Samaritans and way too many people preoccupied with themselves or their phones.  So today I encourage you to pay it forward, do a good deed and if that’s not possible, at least try to say thank you for those trying to do so.

In a world and country so divided these days, I think everyone should just be nice.  Such a juvenile concept, I know.  But just be nice.  I think a lot of people have hate in their hearts and sadness on the mind.  These things add up to behaviors that only continue the cycle upon others.  So let’s focus on being nice to ourselves and others.  Kindness goes a long way.

What have you done to spread kindness?

Disney World. The bad

I think it’s easy to take your health for granted. Remember that your health and the health of your children is precious! Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy life the best you can. You never know when things will change!

My Migraine Life

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Every good side has a bad side. I was happily surprised that I saw little bad while I visited Disney World.  The bad thing that I did see was ungrateful people.  My experience with meditation didn’t go well but something I find easy and beneficial to do every day is to show gratitude.  It comes easily being I have a disease that keeps me in a cold dark room and even the littlest bit of relief allows me to be grateful.  I also was a special education teacher for children with severe needs.   I can tell you that when you’ve worked with a child that is severely Autistic or is multiply handicapped you see the world in a different way.  So here’s the bad about Disney World….ungrateful adults.  I have always been able to work with difficult children because of the reminder that they don’t know any better.  I don’t give…

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