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Noah the Narwhal Explains the Downs and Ups of Living with a Chronic Illness

December 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

“You sleep a lot.” A couple times a year, I get to see close friends who live in Boston. They have three funny, smart and talented girls all under the age of nine. Some visits I can be very interactive, playing board games, going to the beach or putting on talent shows. Other times I just can’t. As much as I want to, my head gets the better of me. “You sleep a lot,” says the oldest. Kids are perceptive. They know when I don’t feel well. I explain that I get very painful headaches. I take medicine, but sometimes it doesn’t always help, so I have to lie down. Noah the Narwhal Over the summer I got a chance to preview a children’s book called Noah the Narwhal, A Tale of Downs and Ups by Judith Klausner and illustrated by Sarah Gould. Ms. Klausner has chronic migraine disease, like…

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The Steel Cables that Lie Beneath the Surface of Those with Migraine

April 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Golden Gate Bridge is truly a masterpiece of iconic architecture. The 4,200-foot-long, art-deco suspension bridge is made of cable-spun steel and concrete. It’s quite an experience to drive over the freezing cold waters of the San Francisco Bay. Sometimes there is so much fog that it hides the top of the pillars painted in “international orange.” Every time I cross this bridge, I am reminded of the words from a massage therapist, “you have steel cable under there.” That was the perfect analogy. It’s something that I have struggled with my whole life. I stretch every day, am conscience of my posture, take breaks from the computer and use peppermint oil or tiger balm to keep those muscles relaxed. But when I’m asleep, I curl into a ball and clench my fists, basically to protect myself from the pain. I sleep in odd positions. None of this helps to…

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Shrinking into the Pain

February 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

At My Tallest The beginning of my day starts when Archer leaves for work around 9am to brave the LA traffic. Although I just want to crawl back into bed, I start my day with a smoothie. I sit on the balcony just to double check the ocean is still there (my fantasy land of living at the beach could have just been a dream all along, so I gotta check!).

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Katie Golden

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

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