June is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) is an annual observation in the United States with the goal of building awareness, educating the public and reducing the stigma associated with Migraine, Cluster Headache and other Headache Disorders. The 2014 blog prompt theme is “Dreaming of a World without Headache and Migraine.”
The MHAM Blog Challenge prompt for today is: ““Perspective is Everything” video”.
After watching this video, I have to agree with a lot of what is said. The first thing to hit me is the description underneath the video. “The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them.” How true this is. You don’t look at what your life is now so much as how it has changed from what it was. This is especially true when your life has changed for the worse.
In the case of those with migraine, your life may seem to have plummeted. For those who don’t experience their first migraine until adulthood, the change is dramatic. You think, “What the hell is happening to my body for it to suddenly act like this?”. If you are like me and have experienced episodic migraines since childhood only to have them turn chronic, the question is much the same; “What is happening?”.
Your life used to be “normal”. You used to be able to do whatever you wanted. Now you are limited by something that seems to be completely out of your control. You never know when a migraine will hit, nor just how bad it will be when it does. Will today be a day I can still function or will I be bedridden?
Impressions have a great effect on what we think and do. If you have no worries about being able to accomplish everything to set out to do today, you will probably not worry about it tomorrow either. If, however, you are worried about what your body will do, you tend to take everything carefully. If the day isn’t affected by a migraine, you are either very relieved and ready to tackle tomorrow, or you are tense and still waiting for the migraine that you know is just around the corner.
Happiness in our lives seems to depend on the sense of control we have over it. When you feel like everything is in your control, you *know* what is going to happen and you are ready for it. You can go to your friend’s party. You can drive yourself to your appointments. When you feel like nothing is in your control, you fear anything and everything. Will what you eat today cause misery? Is there a storm coming that will leave you crippled for the day or even for a few days?
Living life this way is very difficult. I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to just live my life, not have my life lived by migraine.
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ― Abraham Lincoln
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