This month altogether has been especially lively and fun. It has included a fun paint night with friends, dinner dates, a get away to Monterey, wine tasting in Santa Cruz (featured), and still more fun to come for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend! A lot to be thankful for! We have mostly November babies in our house so there is certainly plenty to celebrate. I’m am so happy to have created a network of loving friends with happy appetites for life.

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Amidst the excitement and fun of this month, my weekend began in a very unexpected — a very unfortunate — way. It kicked off with a splitting migraine and waking up confused and passed out on the bathroom floor. Unfortunately, this was not the funny consequence of late night shenanigans, but instead occurred without explanation. I must say – not the way you want your birthday weekend to begin. This isn’t the first I have experienced migraine induced syncope. But know matter how many times it has happened- after a race, in the kitchen, on the freeway, in my bathroom – I am left with an unsettling feeling and a question — Why?

In spite of the inevitable shakiness you feel after spending a morning in the ER, I was surprisingly calm through the entire experience. Maybe it’s because I’m a little older or maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is around the corner, but instead of fear or frustration I have felt an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the progress I have made so far.

Throughout high school and college the headaches were daily and the migraines appeared in 14-20 hour spurts multiple times a week. Through diet change and a more careful routine over the past 2 years I have reduced that to almost no daily headaches and migraines 6-10 times a month. While the severity of the migraines is something I’m working on, that’s still a huge improvement!

Moving forward, into my 24th year of life, I feel more motivated than ever to listen to my body’s needs and put my health first. Many times in the past I have pushed myself even when I knew I needed a break – out of a feeling of necessity, striving for perfection, and not wanting to let anyone down. But between overwhelming love and support I have been given this weekend from family and friends both checking in to see how I’m doing as well as offering some birthday love, I feel that it is okay to prioritize my health and wellness.

I’m not sure what it is going to take to get past these difficult migraines and the symptoms they elicit. This experience serves as a reminder that life will continue to test your resolve and just because it’s your birthday or a holiday doesn’t mean your problems disappear – you don’t get an excuse to stop fighting for the life you want. With that, I am determined to find headache freedom. And I believe that a positive attitude and mindset can do a hell of a lot for your well being. So here’s to being 24 (no longer 23, it’s okay to like me) and here’s to continuing my journey towards headache freedom with optimism and positivity.

 

 

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