I've suffered from chronic migraines my entire life, but this summer, they became debilitating. In January of 2019, I spent 11 days in the hospital under a team of neurology and head pain specialists to get my symptoms under control. This year, I am using my birthday and my trip to University Nationals as fundraisers for the Migraine Research Foundation.
Migraine is more than just a headache. In addition to moderate to severe (nonstop, in my chronic case) pain, sufferers endure neurological symptoms like vertigo, vision loss and disturbances, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and sound sensitivity. It is a complex neurobiological disorder existing on a spectrum. Some people get migraines a few times a year that respond to OTC medications. I am battling a severe case that has not responded to dozens of prescription and IV medications.
I've spent nights in the ER, almost two weeks in the hospital, and countless hours with specialists trying to get my health under control. While I'm blessed to be treated by one of the best teams in the country, there is still so much work that needs to be done in the field of head pain neurology and migraine research. Please help me work towards a pain-free future for migraine warriors.
"NIH spends about 20 million dollars a year on migraine and headache research. This may seem like a lot, but it is actually a tiny amount. If migraine was funded like other diseases that cause a similar amount of disability it would get from 200 to 400 million dollars a year."
(And please keep your eyes peeled for info on my next fundraising campaign! In March I will be lifting for the fifth time at University Nationals. I will be hosting an online pledge campaign.)