Hi! I am Sam and am 16 years old and live with chronic migraines. I have had a headache every single day of my life for as long as I can remember. The pain fluctuates in intensity, and my old normal used to be a 2 out of 10 every day. However, since February my life has been flipped upside down. I have been to the emergency room eight times and inpatient in the hospital three times, for a total of 15 days inpatient. My pain has been at least a 7 out of 10 every second of my life since May, with the pain spiking to a 10 out of 10 at any moment. I know that sounds crazy, and it is. I have had to re-adjust most of my life, make sacrifices I haven’t wanted to make, and learn to cope with my new medical situation at every level of my life. I am starting this blog to help others who are going through a similar situation, so they don’t have to struggle as much as I am. In this blog, I plan on writing survival guides, how to navigate through life (and especially school and accommodations), maintaining friendships, product reviews, and weekly updates in the hope of giving you a glimpse into my life.
While this blog will focus on dealing with severe migraines and having a disability while being a student, I will also be talking about the rest of my life and how it relates to my condition. I am a huge nerd, and love robotics and computer science. As you can imagine, those two things (loud machines and looking at a computer for a long time) are not really conducive to migraines. However, they are my passion and have been for over half of my life so I have found ways to cope. I am a member of FIRST Robotics Team 353, the POBots, know 7 programming languages, love to read books – especially re-reading Harry Potter – and volunteer at my temple weekly. I have tried to maintain as much of this as I can despite my condition, and have found ways to adapt – which I am so excited to share with all of you through this blog. One of the hardest things I am doing is trying to maintain my high grades in my rigorous course load – 3 AP classes, 1 honors class, and rigorous electives. I refuse to let my migraines limit my achievement in school, and it is extremely hard but I have found a way to navigate with success. That will be talked about more in future posts.
Please feel free to comment below about posts you want me to do, about yourself, or questions you want me to answer in a future Q and A post. Keep on fighting migraine and disability warriors, you got this!
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