Tag Archives: Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Pets for Comfort and Hope

Siberian Husky puppy

This is my family’s Siberian Husky puppy named Koda.  There is nothing like the love of a dog.  She is a classic Husky: very intelligent, energetic, and full of personality.  She gets me out of the house with her walks, and her playful silly ways make me laugh.  I love having her around!  This is the first time I’ve had this breed for a pet.  Other breeds I’ve had are: German Shepherd and Golden Retriever.

Look at that face!  Awwwwwwwww.  I love her markings–it looks like she has giant white eyebrows!  And she has 2 different colored eyes.

She can be quite a handful sometimes (which I call “Diva Mode”), so I’m lucky to live with my family right now.  My younger brother is technically her owner, but I’ve been helping to train her.  I haven’t had a puppy in a looooong time.  I still can’t believe she’s one of the family now!

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”  You can find a list of the month’s blogging challenge prompts on our Awareness Month page.

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Hope-Building Activities and Hobbies

What activities or hobbies do you participate in that help build hope for you?

If I can do ANY of these, then there’s still hope:

-Cooking meals (My 3 favorite dishes to cook: chicken enchiladas, lemon chicken with artichokes, and slow-cooker chili)

-Baking desserts

-Going to concerts

-Listening to music

-Writing music

-Playing guitar

-Playing piano

-Singing

-Reading books

-Updating this blog 🙂

-Writing poetry or short stories (which reminds me, I’d like to post some of that in the near future…)

-Photography

-Researching health-related topics of my choosing

-Spending time near water (like oceans or lakes) and preferably on a boat!

-Dining out/being a foodie

-Painting (a new activity of mine… I’ve done 4 so far… still learning!)

-Dancing (I take tap and hip hop)

-Attempting to do yoga with online videos

-Karaoke

Okay, so I have a long list of many different activities and hobbies that I enjoy.  They are mostly creative or food-related.  Some of them are newer (like painting) and some I’ve had for a long time (Music=Life!).  But they all give me hope in some way.  If I am able to do any of these, it lifts my spirits and makes me feel more normal.

 

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”  You can find a list of the month’s blogging challenge prompts on our Awareness Month page.

Song of Hope

What song gives you hope to hold, despite your migraines and how?

Ooh, I love this writing prompt today!  Music is a HUGE part of what keeps me going–in general–in life.  Any time I find a song with lyrics that I can relate to, I feel less alone in this world.  I couldn’t pick just one song, so here is my list of 3!

My #1 choice right now would be Paramore’s song called “Now.”

These lyrics are perfect for when it comes to singing about fighting (migraine) battles.

“Lost the battle, win the war
Bringing my sinking ship back to the shore
Starting over, we’ll head back in
There’s a time and a place to die but this ain’t it”

Honorable mentions:

#2. City and Colour’s “Sleeping Sickness” is another one I listen to (and sing) a lot!  Love these lyrics:

“And like the sea
I’m constantly changing from calm to ill”

This live performance sounds just as good (or even better!) than the recorded version.

#3. Twenty One Pilots “Migraine” is another great song, because this one is straight-up talking about Migraines.  Here’s a live version, and you can find the lyrics here.

“Am I the only one I know,
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat?
Shadows will scream that I’m alone,
But I know we’ve made it this far, kid.

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”  You can find a list of the month’s blogging challenge prompts on our Awareness Month page.

Symbol of Hope

What symbol helps give you hope for living with Migraine and Headaches?

I love a good To Do List.  Sometimes I will make a list before the day starts, and put a check mark next to a completed task.  Each check mark is a symbol of hope!

Sometimes in my journal, I will list all of the little good things that happened during the day, even if it was a seemingly-bad day or a painful day.

I also like my Migraine PLAN OF ACTION!  All of the things I do to take care of myself (like take supplements, meditate, eat fruits and veggies, etc.

I would consider all of those things to be symbols of hope because it means that I am taking care of myself,  enjoying my life and getting stuff done!  🙂

On a different note, I absolutely LOVE shooting stars!!  Those are the biggest, brightest, and most beautiful symbols of hope.  I’ve been blessed by multiple viewings of shooting stars.  If you’ve never seen one before, there are certain times during the year when it’s more likely to see one (see dates here).  My personal favorite meteor shower occurs every August called the Perseids.  Gorgeous!!

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”  You can find a list of the month’s blogging challenge prompts on our Awareness Month page.