Opportunities - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
Those of us with chronic Migraines or headaches often think of the opportunities we miss out on because of them. That's an entirely "normal" response to anything that holds us back or leads to us either have fewer opportunities or to decline some opportunities.
There are days when I'm extremely frustrated by the limitations I have to accept for health reasons. Here are some examples:
- Due to advanced low-tension glaucoma, I can no longer drive in the dark. This has been a real blow to my independence, and it has caused met to miss out on some opportunities.
- Because of severe osteoarthritis, asthma, and a heart issue, there are times when I simply can't walk longer distances. There are times when I'm with a group of people who are walking somewhere, and I have to take a taxi and meet them at our destination. Maybe I shouldn't be, but I'm often embarrassed when this happens.
- Then there are the opportunities I miss out on or am not able to fully participate in because of my Migraines. It's not as bad right now as it has been at some other times, but there are times when I have to leave meetings, take my medications, and lie down. There are times when it takes me a day longer to get somewhere or get home because I don't drive when I have a Migraine.
Despite chronic Migraine and tension-type headaches, there have still been opportunities I've been able to accept and live up to the commitments that go along with them. Here are some examples:
- The opportunity to write for HealthCentral and provide educational content and lead a community here has been a fantastic opportunity. It's possible for me to do this because I can work from home, and it doesn't matter what time of day I get my work done as long as it gets done. If I don't feel well, I can take a break and lie down.
- Serving on the FDA's committee that's working on their Patient Focused Drug Development Initiative has been quite an experience, and it has let me contribute to something that will, in the future, make a difference in the FDA understanding the patient perspective when they're making decisions on approving new drugs.
- Attending the Mayo Clinic's Social Media Week residency and symposium was an unexpected and marvelous opportunity. Not only did I learn more about using social media to get information and support to patients, I also made some super new contacts.
For day #18 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I share with you my gratitude for opportunities that I'm able to accept despite health issues. It's not always easy to determine which opportunities I can handle, but at least I've learned to try.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 18, 2013.