There was a time in my life that I actually tolerated migraine attacks and believed that living with them was just how life was going to be.
I put my faith in my doctor and the advice he was giving me, but I felt helpless because nothing seemed to be helping. Since I was his patient for so long, I believed his advice to be the ultimate truth. However, it became clear he didn’t have the all the answers.
At times, I even questioned my own abilities. I decided to take control of migraine instead of letting it control me. Then, all of a sudden, I realized I wasn’t alone.
I started to connect with others in a similar situation. Befriending strangers online through a community of other moms seemed strange at first. However, I quickly found people similar to me that I could talk to and they provided the kind of answers my family couldn’t.
Sometimes, you have to step outside of the comfort of your support system to find the answers you need. When I started sharing my experience with others in the community, I went from someone who others support to the one actually supporting others. When you give, you get. And this is what I got:
A community of people with migraine much stronger than any group of doctors or collections of medical advice. When people with migraine come together, they can help each other by realizing their similarities AND their differences.
A wealth of resources that you may not have access to when you first start looking for answers. Talking to other people with migraine helped me find other migraine communities, tips, and even a doctor who could help.
A group of people that I’m proud to call my friends. The migraine community is so strong because we are all united by a deep understanding of what having migraine really means.
I cannot express the gratitude I feel for the lifelong friends I’ve made in the migraine community. I now pride myself on also being a resource for other individuals who are seeking advice on living with migraine. I know what it’s like to be suffering and no one should go through that. It’s so rewarding to share my story and have someone say: “I thought I was the only one. Thank you for making me realize I’m not alone.”
Wendy B. is a real migraine patient. She has been compensated for her time.