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Sunny Fitzgerald

Patient Expert

Sunny Fitzgerald grew up immersed in the health care industry. (Her father worked as the maintenance supervisor of a hospital and her stepmother works in physical therapy and occupational medicine.) An incurable addiction to understanding the lives and landscapes of the world led her to become a writer and travel consultant. Her work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, BBC, and more. Sunny has sporadic hemiplegic migraines, a rare neurological condition with symptoms that mimic a stroke.

Latest by Sunny Fitzgerald

Sunny Fitzgerald traveling around the world.
Living With

A Life of Adventure Despite Hemiplegic Migraine

Sunny Fitzgerald doesn't let her painful hemiplegic migraine attacks keep her from exploring the world and pushing her to new heights.

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Travel

Migraine Self-Care: Prepare for a Trip or Event

Five tips to help prevent migraine from disrupting your events and adventures.

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Letters

Former Self: Know This About Living With Migraine

Ever wish you could go back and tell your former self insights you’ve learned along the way? Here’s five wise lessons on living with migraine.

Man explaining his migraine to a doctor.
Living With

Tempted to Tough It Out With Migraine? Here's Why You Shouldn't

The hardest lesson learned by Sunny Fitzgerald in living with migraines was simply this: don’t power through them. One reason? You have nothing to prove.

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Prevention

5 Things I’ve Learned From Living With a Rare Neurological Condition

These are some of the lifestyle changes you need to make when you have sporadic hemiplegic migraines.

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Symptoms

Here’s What It’s Like to Have Hemiplegic Migraines

A travel writer recounts what it was like to have a hemiplegic migraine attack while on assignment in Cuba, and offers tips for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.