Migraine Awareness Month #30

Subtitle:  Blogger’s Choice
Choose your favorite blog post from any of this month’s prompts from someone else’s blog to share with us and tell us why it’s your favorite.

It was a post that made me sit up and take notice from the very second I saw the lead in the comments section.  Nikki A’s post on her suicide attempt touched me to the core.  She wrote this during the free blog prompt on June 15th.

Nikki, thank you for sharing what it was like for you to feel so disregarded as an employee and a patient that suicide became an overwhelming answer.  It certainly couldn’t have been easy to sit down and begin to pen that post.  Yet your words flowed, and I could feel the pain and humiliation and guilt and raw emotion as you were telling your story. 

I was horrified at how you were thrust back into that bad working environment so soon after trying to end things.  It is deplorable and unforgiveable that you had to return without advocacy and a better chance at healing.  And shame on those so called professionals for being so truly ignorant.

You spoke to me.  You spoke to all chronic Migraneurs.  When you said “I think they (medical professionals) ignore our pain to a high degree and at times treat us like drug seekers or minimize our suffering” – I could so relate.  I just went through another ordeal of doctors going on vacation and not having back-ups and my receiving no help for migraine pain and being told by a nurse to take Advil and Tylenol and yes, I’m deliberately grousing in a run-on sentence.  We need more compassion from medical professionals!  Your post should be standard reading for all medical students, nurses and counselours.

I applaud your bravery.  And I have my own confession to make.  During a trial on Topramate along with a switch in anti-depressants, I was operating on automatic pilot.  My migraines were never ending – still – work was stressful – and I felt like an alien to myself.  I remember driving home several times and feeling a high impulsivity to jerk the steering wheel and throw the car into a ditch.  Thankfully I didn’t heed those impulses, and once I got off that anti-depressant I felt better.  But I can relate in a way to what you were feeling. 

I’m glad you’re in a better place now, and that you have an understanding employer.  I believe that your post can teach so many people about what it’s like to live with chronic migraines.  Thank you.

(I didn’t know if it was okay to add the link to Nikki’s post here so I did not)

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation

The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by http://www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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3 Responses to Migraine Awareness Month #30

  1. elaine4queen says:

    YES! that was an awesome post. i remember it. and i could certainly relate.

  2. Got a link to the post? Thank you for drawing my attention to it…

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