I've decided to participate in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (HAWMC). I've been out of the writing/blogging world for a little while, so I hope I'm able to keep up. Luckily, they're providing a daily blog prompt. I'm looking forward to seeing what prompts there are and challenging myself to write in ways that are out of my comfort zone.
acrostic is a "form of writing in which the first letter, syllable, or word of each line, paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message."
History - It's important to know your medical history. And, especially if you're experiencing chronic pain, you should consider keeping a pain diary/journal.
Endurance - Being chronically ill often results in your mind and body enduring a lot. It can be very exhausting and discouraging, but it can also be a chance to learn and grow.
Assistance - Needing assistance (from other people, as well as from various tools and resources) can be very embarassing and humbling. It can be hard to ask for help... it's definitely a learning process.
Limitations - Learning to function around the limitations imposed by one's health issues can be incredibly difficult, but it's an important step toward acceptance.
Tested - Relationships, identity, emotions, faith, financial security, etc... can all be tested during times of illness. These tests can be very difficult, but they're opportunities for growth.
Hope - There is always reason to have hope for a better tomorrow... working toward an increased acceptance of one's health issues and situation.
Medication - Migraine is often treated with medication. Preventive medications are often used (in addition to abortive medications) in the treatment of chronic migraines.
Invisible Illness - Migraine is an invisible illness. This often leads to mis-conceptions and mis-understandings.
Genetic - Migraine is a genetically-based illness.
Routine - It's important to have and keep to a routine. Changes in eating and sleeping habits, for example, can be a trigger migraines.
Aura - Some people with migraine experience an aura, which is usually a visual (though it can be sensory, motor, or verbal) disturbances, prior to a migraine attack.
Incapacitating - Migraines can be debilitating, leaving the individual incapacitated for varying stretches of time.
Nausea - Many people with migraine experience nausea (to some degree) with their migraines.
Empathy - Experiencing migraines can lead to a stronger empathy and understanding for others. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~ Plato