Featured Stories (Start Here)

If ever there were a perfect highlight reel that prevented you from scrolling through the lengthy archives of my blog, it would look something like this.

So far in my journey – with migraine and my blog – we’ve moved through three incredibly unique chapters that all take on their own tone and purpose. Here I’ve broken down the key points in my story to help you get to know me a bit better so that no matter when you decided to hop on this train, you can feel connected and know the whole story.

Chapter 1

Chapter One captures the individual who was sick, while being sick and tired of everyone else and their assumptions. The posts were angry, and closely followed the original intent of the blog: black and white photos with words used to fill in the grey to help people better understand migraine. They follow my journey through my final semester and final job, and deciding to allow my health to be my priority upon moving home. A lot of change occurs through chapter one and the transition occurred from “angry and needing space to vent” to recognizing where educational opportunities could be found and spread to those around me.

May 10th, 2018 ~ The first time I really stepped back and created a story describing what my symptoms and experience was like.
May 20th, 2018 ~ A piece that looks back a bit and reflects on where I’ve been and where I want to be.
July 18th, 2018 ~ Digging deeper into how difficult living with chronic migraine is when it is truly an invisible condition.
July 24th, 2018 ~ After spending months working my hardest at a job I loved, I had to face the reality of deciding between work, school, and my health.
August 6th, 2018 ~ Digging back into my past and recognizing what fortitude meant to me then and the powerful meaning it holds alongside my health journey.
August 13th, 2018 ~ That pivotal moment where I recognized that leaving Wisconsin and coming home was right for me.
August 17th, 2018 ~ My first collaborative piece that combines both individuals needing advice and those giving it. A wonderful exploration into how we perceive advice and how we can always work to improve.
November 12th, 2018 ~ The day I decided to step back. To close the book and re-evaluate what my purpose was.

Chapter 2

Chapter Two brings an entirely new life to my life and this blog, it captured both aspects of my life and my migraine and allowed them to build off one another while being separate entities. Although this was an incredible time full of growth and development, it was also a time where I hit rock bottom emotionally and had a lot of learning to do.

December 4th, 2018 ~ After stepping back and reflecting, I came back. I reinvented what this space would be and how it would be utilized. This marks a new start in my journey and really introduces who I am beyond my migraines.
December 31st, 2018 ~ reflecting on the year and deciding how to move forward. New Year’s Resolutions were thrown out and a theme took it’s place.
January 6th, 2019 ~ After finalizing all of the paperwork and officially being “disabled” this piece digs into how I got here.
February 7th, 2019 ~ This piece is incredibly special to me because it focuses in on the one person in my life who truly understands what I’m going through and has been constant support since the day we became friends.
February 17th, 2019 ~ One of the hardest aspects of migraine and disability was not being in school anymore. However, not being able to be in school doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still a student.
March 9th, 2019 ~ Although focusing on Recovery for the year came with good intentions, recovery is a bumpy road and it takes a lot. After 3 months, I had to sit back and really fight for my recovery.
March 28th, 2019 ~ In accepting my health and taking a risk on a more lifestyle change approach to healing, I had to address the question “what is my migraine story?”
April 7th, 2019 ~ After having struggled with the concept of “positivity” and defining why I could remain so happy despite my pain, I was able to connect the dots to my mental health and the choices I had made that lead me to this point in time.
May 10th, 2019 ~ Being an interior designer and having a passion for creating meaningful spaces had surprising translations into the spaces I created to best suit my health and needs.
May 21st, 2019 ~ A pivotal point in my journey came when I made the decision to stop relying on abortive medications to dampen the pain or side effects of my migraine attacks.

Chapter 3

Chapter Three is really just getting started, but at the very root of this chapter is a dedication to healing and discovering who I want to be. This chapter comes out of recognizing that healing is possible and that it is inevitable.

June 14th, 2019 ~ A new journey and a new focus on finding life and really being intentional with the healing process.
June 29th, 2019 ~ On my journey, I’ve come to recognize that I am an advocate. However what I consider advocacy is quite different and this piece breaks down what I think proper advocacy looks like.
July 22nd, 2019 ~ Healing while acknowledging that pain is still very present is a complicated area. This piece touches on an area I’ve struggled with for years: Impostor Syndrome and how I can take my understanding and reframe to not let those thoughts and feelings control my narrative.
July 27th, 2019 ~ Healing is a subject that many people are uncomfortable with. To me, breaking through the concept of what healing “is” and what it means to me is an incredibly important step in allowing others to understand that in my world healing doesn’t equate to finding or even looking for a cure.