Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I did it - 30 posts in 30 days!!! I had to double-up several times, but I did it!

I still have some blog posts in the series I started last week that are near 'publishing,' so hopefully I'll get those on the blog soon.

Thanks for sticking with me through this month's challenge. I had an extra-rough month, health-wise... so glad I was able to complete it. Now, back to lay down and nurse this out of control migraine today.

This post was written as part of the Health Activist Writer's Awareness Challenge (HAWMC).


  1. Hi Jamie,

    I just wanted to stop by to tell you I am thinking about you. I do still read your blog. You know my own Headache Specialist will give me lectures about not getting caught up with reading too much stuff off the internet about headaches. I think there is a fine line between educating yourself and then making yourself worse by reading every possible article, blog, etc...that you can put your eyes on. I must admit that I am obsessed with it but not so much in a dangerous way to my own health but just understanding how each of us suffer differently and what coping strategies each of us use.

    My coping strategies include rubbing Sombra over my forehead, temples and neck, listening to Jazz Music (Gato Barbieri), trying my hardest to keep focus of all the good things in my life, praying to God and trusting that he will answer my prayers.

    Just wanted to pop in and say hello and to let you know I am thinking of you. Praying & Hoping you have days filled with joy, comfort, love and always NO PAIN!

    Peace, Love & Great Big Hugs to you my sweet friend!

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to let me know you're thinking about me. I really appreciate it! I agree about reading things online. It's pretty interesting to learn how others are walking their journey, and it's an amazingly supportive group of people!

    I've never heard of Gato Barbieri, but I'm going to look him up. What is Sombra? I've never heard of it. Thanks for sharing some of your coping strategies. It's always good to hear from other Migraineurs, and it's good to be reminded of things I might've forgotten or pushed aside.

    Anyway, I've been struggling a lot more over the past couple weeks... not that it was that good before. I'm not sure what's up, but I'm doing my best to stay grateful for the things I do have. I'm helping my sister plan her June wedding, which is going to be so lovely. It's stressful, though, as the big day approaches.

    I hope you're doing well, too.

    Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I can't tell you how much it means to me. And, I apologize for not being able to be supportive for you right now. I'll hold you in my thoughts, and know that I'm grateful for you.


  3. Hello,

    Sombra is a natural pain relieving gel/cream. I once went to a chiropractor when I was willing to try anything to get rid of my headaches. Chiropractor never improved my headaches but I did like the Sombra that the massage therapist there used on my neck. There are 2 (Cold or Warm Therapy) and this is something you can order online (I get mine off of ebay). For myself, my neck gets very tensed up with the headaches. I love the smell and feel of the cool therapy on my neck and temples. My hubby will rub in the sombra all over the back of my neck and lower area to help me relax. I have been using this stuff for 12 years now. It is not expensive so I gave it a try. Trust me when I tell you I would "try" anything someone suggested for a shot at getting rid of headaches.

    On Gato Barbieri, well I do like Jazz music to listen to when I am tensed up. The song I love to listen to is called, "Straight Into The Sunrise" and it is off his CD (Que Pasa). It is just one of those songs that takes me somewhere else and out of my own gloom & misery. Might not be your style at all....but something new to listen to.

    Jamie, never apologize for not being able to be supportive.....trust me, you taking time to do a blog is a support to me. Surely, we all suffer differently in regards to the types of headaches we have, the pain levels, medications, coping strategies but it does help others to get on the internet and read blogs of individuals like yourself who live with chronic pain. As you and other bloggers who "do" take time to share with others your journey with chronic pain, it helps others(like me) not feel so isolated and to just share with each other what we feel people in our own lives do not understand b/c they do not experience the pain we do. They will never understand! So your blog IS my support!

    How exciting it must be for you to be helping plan a wedding. Surely it is stressful, but hopefully all the fun stuff that goes into planning it will override the stressful parts.

    Have a nice weekend,

  4. I'll have to check into Sombra. I've tried several different pain relieving gels. One that I used for a little while is Bio Freeze, but I think I ran out and forgot to get more.

    I've only listened to a few songs by Gato Barbieri, since I last commented. "Straight Into the Sunrise" is beautiful. I also really like "Mysitica." I can't always do a whole lot of jazz when my head is pounding - I think the sax gets to me sometimes, even though I absolutely love the sax. But, I'm having a terrible day so far today, and I enjoyed listening to those two songs. Definitely something I'll return to in the future - so glad you shared!

    Thanks for the assurance. I'm truly glad that you find support in the words I share on my blog. It means a lot to me, and it helps me keep writing to know that it is both cathartic to me and supportive to others.

    I hope you have a great weekend, as well.


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