Photo Friday – Portrait of Sick Aunt Katie

December 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

This week, most of my posts have been about kids. I wrote about a great children’s book, Noah the Narwhal: A Tale of Downs and Ups. I shared an old article, called The Kid Conundrum about my decision on having children of my own. And now I want to share a picture that was drawn by a special kid in my life earlier this year. We were hanging out while his mom took his brother to the doctor. Of course, ten minutes later I got a migraine with an aura. I stayed calm, but it’s a bit hard to corral a four year old. He immediately knew I wasn’t doing well and he curled up on the couch with me and I closed my eyes as he was entranced by the movie. I retreated to a bedroom when his mom came home. A few hours later, my little buddy came…

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Creative Corner: Raising Awareness of Cluster Through Arte Cluster#2

May 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

Arte Cluster is a project founded to raise awareness of cluster headache through art. Arte Cluster Project is an independent project founded and managed by Claudio Geraci, a chronic sufferer, and Francisca Mesa, a supporter.

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“Uprooted” by Lisa Benson

February 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

My dear friend and fellow writer for, Lisa Benson, was the first one to answer my call to share art that depicts illness and pain.

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Migraine and Pain Do Not Define Me- My Creative Side

December 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

Obsessing over Broadway musicals, creating a newsletter for my 5th grade class, writing an essay that won me a scholarship to a summer theatre camp at age 8, taking private vocal lessons, consistently writing personal diaries from the 2nd grade to the present, being a member of multiple award-winning show choirs, acapella and madrigal groups, singing and dancing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, participating in the Vienna Choral Society (VA), being cast in over 20 local dramas and musicals, singing the National Anthem for 4 professional sports games (baseball and hockey). These are the things that were so important to me and defined who I wanted to become.

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.