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"Hi, I’m Mathilde, a 25-year-old student from Denmark. I’ve suffered from migraine as long as I can remember, but within this past year, I’ve had to deal with it more than ever. It’s one of these invisible conditions that force you to cancel appointments, just to stay inside and avoid any noises because your head feels like it’s about to explode. It’s a mysterious illness that has turned my life upside down. Not just because of the pain I experience, but the fact that I suddenly had to change my way of life. Migraine is more than pain and I’ve spent a lot of time defending and apologizing for my illness. It’s silly because you would not argue why someone wouldn’t climb a mountain with a broken leg. I wear this necklace to remind myself to accept my illness, and because I want to raise awareness that migraine is more than swallowing a pill for the pain. When I started to accept my illness instead of fighting it, I finally stopped feeling guilty – and what a relief. We’re so many people in this world suffering from migraine. We need to talk about migraines and share our experiences to help each other learn and get through this illness. We must feel acceptance instead of guilt." @mhelmersen

 

“Hi everyone! My name is Kristi & I am from Northeast Ohio. First, I would like to thank Pierson for the opportunity to share my story. I have chosen the purple necklace to represent the migraine community. My very first migraine with aura was when I was 12 years old & I only had episodic migraines until about 2 ½ years ago. Now, my diagnosis is Chronic Intractable Migraine with Aura. This, very basically, means a migraine that generally lasts longer than 3 days & is very difficult to treat. I have been in this state for the last 2 ½ years. While I am in pain everyday, I am functional until I reach about a level 6 on the pain scale. Unfortunately, I am on that higher pain level about 20 days a month. When I am at my worst, the right side of my face & eye will swell & droop, I don’t even look like myself! Pain isn’t the only fun part of this neurological disorder & everyone has their own set of symptoms. My other symptoms generally include; brain fog, tinnitus, vertigo, nausea & vomiting, facial & eye swelling, watery eyes, tingling of my scalp & eye, anxiety, extreme fatigue, blurry vision &/or aura just to name a few. What I would like people to understand is that this ‘migraine beast’ is NOT just a headache, it is a hereditary neurological condition. Let’s speak next to triggers, my specific triggers include MSG, scents (like perfume or exhaust fumes) & my biggest trigger is the barometric pressure & weather changes. The comical thing is, where I live, we can literally experience every season in just one day! I am still adjusting to my new lifestyle & this causes me to go through severe bouts of depression & anxiety. My hope for the future is that my neurologist & I find the right combination of treatments so I can be mainly pain free & more like the old me (I miss the old me)!! Thank you @awarecauses for allowing me to speak my migraine! I would like to say a very special thank you to @rae_of_light_ & @erikareneephoto you ladies are awesome!” @rkbs70

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