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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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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

12 April 2017

#ad Axon Optics Glasses for #Migraine

"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. "

Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is a common symptom of migraine.  It is one of the criteria used to actually diagnose migraine.  Some people experience photophobia daily and some are completely disabled due to it.  What exactly is photophobia?  Photophobia is an extreme sensitivity to light.  The sun or bright light can cause discomfort, squinting, excessive blinking, nausea and headache.  

Conversations | How To Speak About #MentalHealth


No one is ever taught how to speak about mental illness.  Mainly due to the stigma attached to it.  It's portrayed as shameful, embarrassing, and as a weakness.  It isn't a topic easily put up for discussion.  The one living with it are often blamed for having an illness they cannot control or even asked to have.  

30 March 2017

#Sponsored Post #PillDrill Review

"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. "


Managing all of my prescriptions used to be a headache, which I didn't need having chronic migraine and all.  In order to make sure that I adhered to my medication schedule, I had to set several alarms on my iPhone.  Not only was that time consuming but it was challenging trying to keep them all straight.  And the constant going off of alarms was quite annoying to say the least.  Tracking whether I took my medications on time, skipped a dose, or took something unscheduled was not easy without the use of some sort of medication management tool.

28 February 2017

Pediatric and Adolescent Migraine: What to Know

We know that migraine affects over 38 million Americans. Unfortunately, that includes children as well.  As a child, I suffered from abdominal migraine before experiencing typical migraine at the age of 8.  These are the statistics from the Migraine Research Foundation:


About 10% of school-aged children suffer from migraine.
Half of all migraine sufferers had their first attack before age 12.
Before puberty, boys suffer from migraine more often than girls.
As adolescence approaches, the incidence increases more rapidly in girls than in boys.
By the time they turn 17, as many as 8% of boys and 23% of girls have experienced migraine.

Diamond Headache Clinic has shared this presentation on pediatric and adolescent migraine with me to help spread awareness about childhood migraine. The presentation goes over common types of migraine headaches and symptoms that present themselves in adolescents.

Presentation provided by Diamond Headache Clinic.

25 February 2017

#Sponsored e-cloth Kitchen Dynamo Review

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

As a chronic pain sufferer, daily chores are a challenge.  Deep cleaning and scrubbing aren't always something I can do without it causing or triggering pain or flare-ups.  Finding easy and effective cleaning tools is always necessary in order to maintain the cleanliness of my home without suffering for trying to do so.  One of my issues with cleaning is the cramping in my hands and wrists due to carpal tunnel syndrome.  Something as easy as wiping down countertops and cleaning off my stovetop will immediately cause pain.  I am a neat freak and hate mess and clutter.  I find myself really frustrated that I cannot clean the way that I want to because of my incompetent hands.

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