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