Saturday, November 5, 2011

5 Things That Have Changed My Life as a Patient

Today's challenge is to write about 5 things that have changed your life (for the better or worse) as a patient, caregiver, or health activist.

April 6, 2001 - I injured my hip (and my low back the following year) at a high school track meet. My running (cross-country and track) and softball years were never the same.

October 10, 2008 - I was in a car accident that has changed my life. This is what started the chronic migraines that I still struggle with.

October 17, 2009 - I married my best friend. He's helped me through so much with my chronic pain, over the years.

August 2010 - I entered the world of blogging. I started my Chronic Migraine Warrior blog, and I found a network of others that live with chronic illness... somehow it makes things a bit easier to take, knowing that there are other going through many of the same things that I'm going through.

September 2010 - I attended a seminar for Ascendant Neuro, where I learned about a possible treatment option (neurostimulator) for my chronic migraines. I had the stimulator trial in October, and the permanent implant in December.

This post was written as part of the National Health Blog Posting Month (NHBPM).


  1. I've been thinking about the neurostrimulator you had implanted recently - has it helped you at all with your pain?

  2. The neurostimulator has helped some, but definitely not as much as we'd hoped or expected... and we're not sure why it was so successful during the trial, and not as permanent. I think my good days are better than they were before the stimulator... even though there may not be more, they are better (hopefully that makes sense). We're still trying to adjust it and add other preventive treatments, in order to try to get my chronic migraines under control.

  3. I'm so sorry it hasn't cut down on your bad days. I hope that tweeking it will prove to be all that is needed. Good luck to you sweet Jamie!


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