I have Migraine Disease and I’m ok with that

by Melissa West on May 3, 2012

I have migraine disease and I’m ok with that. Actually I have migraine disease and I completely love and accept myself totally as I am in this moment. Not in some future moment when all migraines miraculously go away (because they won’t), in this moment as I am, migraines and all, because that is who I am.

When I share with people, those I love that I am moving into acceptance with my migraines I am met with mixed responses, “that’s so sad, that negative way of thinking is going to keep you where you are, we need to fight these migraines” and a myriad of other responses that view migraines as the enemy.

Migraine disease is a genetic neurological disease, that is, you are born with it in the same way as somebody is born with type one diabetes or epilepsy. People with migraine disease have a different brain from those without migraine disease. The neurotransmitters in my brain behave differently from the neurotransmitters in the brain of a non-migraineur. It’s biology.

There is no cure for migraine disease. There are a myriad of triggers that can set off a migraine, some within my control, some not, but for the most part it’s not something my doctor can, “figure out.” any more than I can. Just like me, my doctor can do some things to help treat the symptoms and help me to avoid triggering a migraine, but they can’t make them go away.

A wise friend of mine recently said to me that she thought complete 100% health was an illusion that we torment ourselves with striving for as human beings. I agree with her. Like the waxing and waning of the moon sometimes our health is full and robust like the full moon and sometimes it is waxing, sometimes it is waning. That my friends, is life.

My migraine brain is the same brain that got me my Ph.D. and that researches and plans fabulous yoga classes. I refuse to love part of it and reject another part of it. I love it all.

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