Migraine Ninja Quotes

Migraine Ninjas: Whose Path to Follow?

MigraineNinja200Good afternoon to my extended Migraine family! Cheers to all of you. If you're Migraine-free today, that's fabulous. If you have a Migraine today, I hope you feel better soon. 

At some point, we all choose what path to follow in life. That choice can change many times during our lives. The ups and downs of life often necessitate changing the path we follow, in our personal lives, and in our professional lives. Migraine, especially chronic Migraine, can make it necessary to adjust our paths. Certainly, my path through life has been changed by the impact of Migraine disease.

It's fairly obvious that Migraine can necessitate changes in our career paths. For some time, I'd have said that the changes to my career path were negative because I had to leave a job I enjoyed. Now, however, I wouldn't trade what I do for any other job. My path as it involved volunteer activities definitely changed. After 30 years of volunteering at our local community theatre and other arts activities in our community, my Migraines had me out of commission too often to be a dependable volunteer - or to be able to enjoy it. I'm back to volunteering again, but those activities now center around awareness and advocacy efforts related to Migraine and other Headache disorders. Thanks to my husband and best friend, John, my family path has been the most stable part of my life, despite Migraine. 

The most important thing about my path through life is that it's been MY path. There have been well-meaning people who have thought they knew what was best for me, and had their own ideas on what path I should follow. My mother, for example, had a very clear path all mapped out for me. But it wasn't what I wanted to do with my life, not at all my path. My grandmother wanted me to essentially follow that path she'd followed. Again, it wasn't my path. I chose to follow neither my mother, nor my grandmother. 

It's sometimes tempting to look at the lives of people we know, like what we see, and think we should follow them. The problem with that is that no two people have the same experiences, the same needs, the same feelings. If we follow someone else, what happens to our path?

Own-Path-Quote

Whose path are you following? I hope it's your own.

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com 
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

     


Migraine Ninjas Stand Up and Speak Out

MigraineNinja200I've been thinking a lot about our Migraine Ninja Oath. These lines make me think of a principle that my father worked very hard to drum into me — standing up for myself. Consider these lines from the Migraine Ninja Oath:

I promise to do my best to…

resolutely advocate for myself and fellow Migraine Ninjas.

do whatever I can to reduce the stigma associated with Migraine.

always channel my inner ninja.

I will know…

each of us must stand for the stigma to fall away.

I am capable of standing for many Migraine Ninjas stand with me.

 As I've grown older and become a parent, then a grandparent, I've notices that many lessons our parents teach us come back to us, make sense, and mean more as we grow older. My Daddy and I had some truly great conversations when I was a child and after I was an adult and out on my own. He wanted me to find a loving life partner and marry, BUT he also wanted me to be able to stand on my own and take care of myself.

More than once, Daddy said, "If you won't get up and stand up for yourself, you can't expect someone else to do it for you." He carefully explained that I should never expect to sit back and expect other people to stand up for me if I wasn't willing to get off my butt and stand up for myself. He said that no matter how bad things got, there would always be at least some small way in which I could stand up and speak out for myself, even if it reached just one person at a time.

Having worked as a patient educator and advocate for people with Migraine and other Headache disorders for the last 17 years, this lesson has come to my mind very often. I have to admit to not understanding why so many people with Migraine won't stand up for themselves, let alone join in advocacy and awareness efforts that can help us all. More times than I can count, I've shared awareness and advocacy opportunities in which only an extremely small number of people participated.

From the periods in my life when my Migraines were chronic and nearly constant, I totally realize that many of us are limited in what we can do to support awareness and advocacy efforts. Some opportunities such as the annual Headache on the Hill event simply aren't physically possible for many. There are, however, opportunities that are far easier, so easy that anyone who can manage to be online can easily manage. There are Facebook posts that can be shared, Tweets than can be reTweeted, online petitions that can be signed in less than 30 seconds, and more.

So, please take another look at the parts of the Migraine Ninja Code that I shared above. If you're reading this, then you obviously read things online. A Migraine Ninja participates in awareness and advocacy opportunities as fully as we can. There may be some we can't manage, but there are plenty we can manage.

I'm proud of and thankful for my fellow Migraine Ninjas who stand up for themselves and for others who have Migraine disease. GO NINJAS!

Stand-Up-for-Self-Quote

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

© Teri Robert, 2017.

 

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Migraine Ninjas: Adjusting Our Sails

MigraineNinja200Good afternoon to my extended Migraine Family!

The quote on the image below makes me think of living with Migraine disease. Of course, it was meant to be about life in general, but for many of us, Migraine has such a huge impact on our lives that it takes center stage.

There are so many things that are outside of our control. For example:

  • Genetics: We can't change the rules of genetics that left us susceptible to inheriting Migraine disease.
  • Many of our triggers: We can't control barometric pressure changes, hot summer temperatures, or many other things that are Migraine triggers for many of us.

Those are like the wind, and we can't change their direction.

That said, that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do.

My chosen destination is a life lived as well and fully as possible, despite Migraine disease, and I can adjust my sails to reach that destination. Here are some of the ways in which I draw on my inner Migraine Ninja and adjust my sails:

  • by working as a treatment partner with a good Migraine specialist
  • by doing my best to avoid some of my triggers: dehydration, irregular sleeping patterns, fragrances and odors, rooms that are too warm, closed spaces with loud noise
  • using my preventive treatment, as prescribed, every day without fail

AdjustSailsQuote

We're all different, so we have to adjust our sails differently.

What's your destination, and how do you draw on your inner Migraine Ninja and adjust your sails. Please leave a comment below, and share.

Namasté,

_______________
Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
www.terirobert.com
www.migrainedisease.com
www.healthcentralcom/migraine 

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