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The Quintessential Migraine Ninja: Rosa Sundquist

MigraineNinja200Quite a few of you collaborated with me to put together our Migraine Ninja Oath, and it turned out very well.

Today, I want to introduce you to someone who is the quintessential Migraine Ninja, Rosa Sundquist. It makes me happy to be able to call Rosa my friend. She's a constant source of inspiration to me. She has had such a tremendous struggle with chronic, intractable Migraine, yet she's always hopeful. She never gives up.

I recently published a profile of Rosa on Remedy Health Media's HealthCentral Migraine site. It begins:


Rosa Sundquist has had Migraines since she was a teenager. She endured the years 2008 to 2014 while in pain every single day. Still, she never gave up. With hope and determination, she worked with Migraine specialists to find treatments that would give her some relief.

Q: How long have you had Migraines? What’s your diagnosis, and how long did it take for you to get an accurate diagnosis?

Rosa Sundquist (RS): I’ve had Migraines since about the age of 15, perhaps longer. (I’m 55 years old now.) As a child, I had severe digestive issues. In fact, I don’t remember ever not having digestive issues.

I was officially diagnosed with episodic Migraine at the age of 27 and was told to take Motrin or Tylenol. I can’t remember who gave me the diagnosis. I think they were just guessing since my mom and sister also have Migraine disease. (I have family with Migraine on both sides, maternal and paternal.)

In September of 2008, I was diagnosed with chronic Migraine without auraintractable Migrainecervicogenic headaches, and occipital neuralgia. In 2009, hemicrania continua was added to the list of diagnoses, and in 2011, cervical dystonia joined the long list.

I hope you'll consider reading this profile, Rosa Sundquist: A Hopeful and Determined Migraine Patient. Reading more about Rosa is bound to raise your spirit and give you hope. 


Teri Robert
patient educator and advocate, author

author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches


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