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23 July 2017

Summer Migraines


Summertime is the season where most people enjoy the warm weather, spending the day outdoors, going to the beach or pool, or just lounging out in the sun.  These are things I would like to partake in, but summer for me means intense, long, drawn-out days of pain. There have been two heat waves in two weeks in my neck of the woods with temperatures feeling well over 100°.  Last week I had a migraine attack that lasted three days.  I'm now on day six of the most recent one that started this Tuesday.  As the heat index rises, so does my pain.


19 June 2017

Raising Migraine Awareness on Capitol Hill + Video #RAMigraine #MHAM


Image courtesy of Research!America
Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to speak to House and Senate congressional staff about migraine and how it impacts my daily life.  Research!America hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill,The Value of Research and Prevention in Addressing the Societal Burden of Migraine, to focus on developments in research, prevention and treatment, and policies to reduce the burden of this illness.


12 June 2017

Join Me on Capitol Hill! #RAMigraine

Join me this Thursday to attend The Value of Research and Prevention in Addressing The Societal Burden of Migraine Capitol Hill Briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.!  I will be among three other panelists there to discuss the debilitating impact of Migraine.

New Web Extension for Health Resources #Review

Having health-related articles and information readily available is something that most people with chronic illness prefer.  When researching new medications, treatments, or just looking for inspiration, we tend to have to rely on a number of sources to get that information.  Personally, I have searched far and wide for migraine specific information and usually have to use a variety of websites in order to gain access to that information.  Having one place to access the information, articles and resources I need would be a huge plus!

06 June 2017

PillSuite - Take Your Meds Anytime, Anywhere #Sponsored #ad

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "





Pill boxes and containers are helpful but they can be cumbersome and bulky and aren't the easiest to transport around.  Traveling with all of my medications is a huge headache.  My pill containers are very big and take up a lot of room in my luggage and I carry my abortive and rescue medications in their pill bottles inside of my purse.

17 May 2017

Conversations | Feeling Suffocated By #Depression


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and today I was compelled to make a video documenting my current struggle with a week long depression and anxiety flare up that has put a hold on my life.  The past several days I have not had the mental or physical energy to do anything more than get up and go to the bathroom and back to bed.  Negative thoughts have been plaguing me constantly, making it very difficult to feel motivated or energized to get anything done.

In this video, I share how depression and anxiety manifests for me and what obstacles I must try to overcome when deep in the midst of it all.  I bare it all, show my insecurities, and describe what feelings I have that disrupt my normal daily activities.  I encourage everyone who watches it to please share it with your friends and loved ones to keep the conversation going about mental illness.

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1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Chat with Lifeline
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25 April 2017

#Sponsored LaPixie Wellness #Headache & #Migraine Relief Kit

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through my blog, The Migraine Diva. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "

Those of us who live with migraine know all too well how horrible the "migraine hangover" or the postdrome phase feels. What is a migraine hangover?  It is the yucky, exhausted, foggy feeling people with migraine experience after an intense migraine attack.  Remember how it felt the day after having one too many drinks?  Welcome to the postdrome phase.  We get to experience all of those physical symptoms without having touched a single alcoholic drink (or having a good time hanging out with friends!).

13 April 2017

#ad Casting Call For #Migraine Research Film

If anyone may be interested in being considered for this opportunity, please submit the online questionnaire below.  Submissions are due by Monday, April 17, 2017.


GENUINE: The Real People Company, powered by Strickman-Ripps - a NYC based casting company that specializes in finding all kinds of people for commercials, web videos, and print advertisements, http://www.genuinerealpeople.com/, is currently CASTING a research film featuring people who experience Migraines. 

Anyone who might be interested in participating, please contact them or submit via this online questionnaire: https://form.jotform.com/70956621056963. Those selected for the final film will be compensated and submissions are due by Monday, April 17th. We really appreciate any help you can provide in regard to outreach for this project and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to call or email us. We look forward to speaking with you. Thank you so much! 

Megan
Casting Director GENUINE, powered by Strickman-Ripps 
(212) 966-3211
research@genuinerp.com

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