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: ““The Power of Vulnerability” video that will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again.”
This really made me think. Do I really live this way? Do I need to expand my perception?
“If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” When it comes to migraines, we are asked to measure our pain. Do I need to measure just the head pain or are you asking for my discomfort in general? How do I separate these?
Living life with chronic pain makes you very vulnerable. You have to rely on others for help. You can’t do all that you want/need to. This makes it hard to be kind to yourself, which brings shame and fear. You are ashamed that you can not take care of yourself. You are afraid that those you depend on will not be there the next time you need them. This can make you try to distance yourself from them in order to not be as hurt when they disappear. When they do go, you blame them. It hurts less to think they are not good enough for you than for you to know that you are the reason they left.
It’s time for us to connect with ourselves. We need to know who we are instead of pretending to be what we think we should be. We have to be kind to ourselves instead of beating ourselves up for “mistakes”. We have to remember to feel all of our emotions, or we will feel none of them. If we believe we are worthy of love, we will know it when it is offered to us. When we hurt someone to keep them from hurting us, we have to acknowledge that we are wrong. We have to say, “I’m sorry. I’ll fix it.”
We have to believe that we are enough.
I *am* enough.
**All pictures link to original site.