A Friday Migraine, a Pity Party, and a Video
Good afternoon to my headache and Migraine family.
How has your week been? I'm hoping that everyone has had some time with some pretty late summer / early fall weather this week.
I have to admit to having had a rough week. Last week, I was away for a bit of a break, and it's always difficult to get back to my routine. Yesterday brought some bad news from a colleague about yet another person who felt she couldn't continue her life with chronic pain issues and took her life. Hers wasn't Migraine or headache pain, but she was still a precious human being who lost her battle with chronic pain. Added to the three Migraineurs I know of who took their lives this summer, that news left me ready for a pity party.
This has been the kind of summer that leaves patient advocates like Ellen and me saying to each other, "What the heck are we accomplishing?" Even though we intellectually know we're doing all we can do, we're left feeling that it still simply isn't enough.
Sitting at my desk today, I haven't been able to accomplish much. My mind has kept wondering to those dear women we lost this summer and to their friends and families who are grieving. To top things all off, the thunderstorms we had this morning triggered a Migraine, and I'm still in the prodrome phase and feeling moody. I was to the point of dumping my cup of herbal tea, fixing a tall cocktail instead, and standing in the shower until all the hot water was gone.
What kept me here at my desk was a video that I came across from The X Factor. I watched it three times with tears streaming down my face and dripping off my chin. Not a pretty picture, I know. It was as if 13-year-old Rion Paige had reached through the monitor and smacked me awake.
PLEASE, do yourself the kindness of watching this video...
Rion Paige - not just her performance, but the vivacious, effervescent spirit and courage that emanate from her - were the kick in the pants I needed today. The pity party is over. The Migraine prodrome may be slowing me down a bit, but I've made a list of the tasks I WILL accomplish tomorrow. For now, my cup of tea and I are headed off to the shower, which is to be followed by comfy pajamas and curling up with my sweet calico cat Peaches to watch the DVD of the newest Star Trek movie.
I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did. Here's wishing you a great weekend!
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated September 13, 2013.