I got my first migraine when I was 16 years old, and it was years before a neurologist could confidently determine, "These aren't a symptom of anything else, you just have migraines." They become chronic in my 20s and have steadily increased in frequency, duration and pain level over the years right up to my current state at age 39: without the medications I take multiple times a day, my migraines are daily, constant, and debilitating. Even with medication, a myriad of lifestyle controls, and years of experience in identifying and trying to avoid all my known triggers, I still experience some level of migraine on a regular basis.
My dearest wish is that the generations after me will have even more resources than I currently have, and perhaps even some day a cure for this incredibly complex, hard-to-pin-down neurological disease. As this is a condition I will likely live with for the rest of my life, I have turned to advocacy as a way to ensure my struggles and hard-won knowledge mean something and can be put to use in order to help others like me. This run, which I've done every year it's been available in Houston, is one way for me to spread awareness. I'll happily be the "friend with migraines" if it means those around me can gain empathy for invisible illnesses and the hidden struggles of those around them.
This year, I'm running with my older son to show him what advocacy for something you care deeply about can look like. My greatest fear is that my sons will inherit my migraines, and while I dearly hope that is a bridge we never have to cross, I also want them to know that surrounding yourself with a caring, compassionate community can help get you through even the most trying situations.
If you're able to donate to my cause this year, I would greatly appreciate it!
|Donation date||Donor name||Donation amount|
|Mar 25||Sondra Malling & Steve Bogdaniec||$26.59|
|Mar 25||Mom and Dad||$198.92|
|Mar 22||Helen S and Patrick C Merchant||Undisclosed amount|
|Mar 19||Anonymous||Undisclosed amount|
|Feb 05||Sue K||$106.38|
|Feb 05||Adeline Smith||$26.59|
|Jan 25||Kathy Davis 26.59||$26.59|
|Jan 20||Pam Ballard||$53.19|
|Jan 19||Lissa Stinson||Undisclosed amount|