I’ve been an NHF member for many years and find the newsletter informative and encouraging. During this time I was successful in managing my hormonal-related migraines with the regular use of depo provera, but that was years ago, now my daughter has become a migraineur...

It isn’t the stress of the holidays that affects me the most. In fact, I love the holidays because I get to spend time with my family. The only problem is that they live seven hours away (more if the weather is bad). So, when it comes to the holidays, it is the thought of all that traveling that does NOT leave visions of sugarplums dancing in my head. When you live in the Upper Midwest, every drive during the winter is an adventure and this holiday season promises to be no different. This year, it will mean leaving late at night after a full day of work, pounding back caffeinated beverages to stay awake while taking turns with my boyfriend at the wheel. On top of that, we’ll have two puppies traveling with us as well. It also means staring into headlights for hours on end. And it means nodding off in the most uncomfortable positions in the car.

I am 62-years old and have had chronic migraine since at least 7-years old, although they could have begun before that time. 62 years ago no one paid attention to a child with headaches except to give me aspirin, Excedrin, etc. I lived on these pills for most of my childhood, adolescent, & early adult life, and likely adding to the headache problem, which changed the migraine to transformed, and then to rebound headaches. On a scale of 1-10, I would describe them as 100. A good week would be only two migraines, but many times, there are many more. I learned to tough it out, and somehow managed getting through high school, getting married, and having three children.

I am a 32-year-old woman and I have suffered with migraines for as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother were both forced to live with migraines too, so I feel it is hereditary. I’ve seen countless doctors and taken numerous medications, both daily to help prevent and during the onset of the beast, but none have helped me as much as one little book did, though it wasn’t just the book – it was my decision to change that really made the difference.