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Celebrating Scott’s Sobriety

January 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Addiction is a disease. It affects the addict as well as their family and friends. Those with an addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, or other vices, will always face these demons. As much as those who love the addict want to help, it is the addict who must be willing to face the disease and accept that they are powerless over their addictions. Today my dear friend Rachael and her family are celebrating her brother Scott’s one year of sobriety. This is a monumental accomplishment, and I am elated for him. Though addiction, unlike many other diseases, cannot be cured, addicts can live in recovery, leading joyful and fulfilling lives. Simultaneously, the addict’s mantra, “one day at a time,” still rings true. While this is a major accomplishment, Scott will need to continue to choose sobriety each and every day in the face of addiction. A few months ago, Rachael…

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I Have to Honor Your Pain and You Have to Honor Mine

December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

I had the opportunity to sit down with author, Ashley Hattle who just wrote the book, Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man. Ashley has cluster headaches and I have migraine attacks. Neither of us truly know what the other person goes through, yet we found so many similarities. In the end all headache disease communities need to unite and support each other. A phrase that we both connect with is: I have to honor your pain and you have to honor mine. It’s that simple. It’s not a contest and we should always create a judgment free space! If you don’t experience cluster headaches or have been newly diagnosed, this is a great guide to understanding this disease. You can buy Ashley’s book on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook @Ashley S. Hattle – Author, Writer & Photographer. Ashley also hosts a…

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You Are the Sum of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With

August 16, 2017 / 2 Comments

“You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn I found this to be a fascinating concept. You could approach this from so many different angles. You could dissect the people you most associate with today or you could look back on your life and pick the five most influential people in your life. What if the five people aren’t exactly people, but places or events?

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Photo Fridays – My Broken Brain

May 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is one of my favorite migraine awareness t-shirts. Designed by Don Vanderpool, who runs a Facebook group called “My Broken Brain.” He created this shirt last year and I wear it all the time, especially when I’m about to go into migraine battle! The back of the shirt covers just about all of the symptoms that go along with migraine attacks that I can think of. Are there any words on here that describe your migraine attacks? Hiccups, food cravings, anger, cognitive dysfunction, and restless leg are all ones that I deal with. As Don explains: My Broken Brain is intended to be a place those of us who suffer migraines can simply find others going through the same things. Family members too! I know this disease affects them terribly as well. I would love to see friends and family represented here as much as the migraineurs. Won’t find…

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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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