#TrueMigrainePose

We're coming to the end of Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, and I have to say I'm rather disappointed and actually a little bit angry. I'm disappointed that... there are over 37 million migraine sufferers in America, yet funding for research for this disease is less than $0.50 per Migraineur. for so many people in …

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Beware: Mental Illness Affects All! You should know…

In 2006, while I was rehabbing from strokes and heart surgery, another member of our family was diagnosed with mental illness, and consequently hospitalized a number of times. Up until that point, we were blissfully ignorant of mental illness. We quickly learned that it affects not just the one with the diagnosis, but everyone who …

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Life and Blogging on the Disabled List

Welcome sports fans, it's baseball season! Unfortunately, I've been on the DL since April 3rd. I've made an effort through the years to keep this blog upbeat, positive, and encouraging. What I've noticed is that when I don't feel those things, I tend not to write. The regular struggle for me is that as a …

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But you look normal…

Most things in life are both good and bad. Cliché but true, there are two sides to every coin. Here’s the one that makes me the craziest: "But you look normal. " So, two things: 1. I'm not. I have survived strokes. Strokes, with an “s,” plural, at least five that we know of. The …

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5 Keys to Living with Migraine

37 million Americans, over 100 million people worldwide, live with migraine. Some suffer episodic attacks, occurring once or twice a year, and others like myself are chronic migraineurs, whose attacks occur many times per month. Within the migraine diagnosis, there are a number of types of migraine. What all have in common is that migraine …

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Great Challenges Require Great Champions

I have lots of great ideas, and thanks to my love of research, I have more information and trivia stored in my head than is probably good for me. What I have always struggled with is self-discipline. I was one of those fortunate kids who had a lot of interests and talents, so I was able …

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Answering the Weight-Loss Questions

Some of you have commented about my weight-loss. As of January 2014, I had lost 78 pounds. Many have asked how I did it, so here's the facts. No judgement or preaching, just sharing my story and what worked for me. I'm adding links so you can check out the references, if you so desire. I grew …

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Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and …

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Top Ten Things YOUNG Stroke Survivors wish you knew:

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and this is my annual post on the topic since, as my regular readers know, I am a stroke survivor myself. I am part of an online support group for Young Stroke Survivors, and last night a member opened a discussion by asking what we wanted people to know about …

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Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family, …

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