by Holly Hazen



Maybe when I stop judging myself
You will stop judging me

Maybe when I listen to myself
You will start to listen to me

Maybe when I hear myself
You will hear me

Maybe when you connect with yourself
You will be able to connect with me

Maybe when I am happy
You are not afraid of my darker selves

Maybe when I let go of how you see me
I can see myself

Maybe when you let go of how you see me
You will truly see yourself

Maybe when I stop beating myself up
You will stop attacking me

Maybe when you stop controlling yourself with your head
Your heart will speak

Maybe as you share your vulnerabilities
I will feel safe enough to share mine

Maybe when I chose to live fully
You will stop wanting to kill me

Maybe when I feel am capable
You will stop wanting to rescue me

Maybe when I trust myself
I will learn to trust you

Maybe when I stop expecting you to apologize
I will find inner resolve

Maybe when I stop expecting you to be compassionate
I will find my own compassion within

Maybe when you just blankly stare and withdraw
I will look inside myself to be there

Maybe when I am no longer afraid of your judgement
Maybe, I can just be me

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A migraine is like a tornado and you are it's trailer park.

by Kate Richards
(Pensacola, FL)

Photography is my passion in life 2nd only to my daughter. It is the way I try to relieve stress and a way for me convey the way I feel to others. As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words right?

When I took this picture I was on my 3rd day of a migraine having just put my daughter to bed. My head hurting so bad I was wanting to beat it against the cement floor until I could make the pain stop. Wanting to scream to attempt to release some of the pressure that was building inside me.

I feel like the saying, "A migraine is like a tornado and you are it's trailer park. It attacks fast, usually without warning. It could care less what is going on in your life when it hits or the chaos it leaves behind." describes what a migraine is to perfection.

I have had migraines since I was 13 from all the trial and errors we have found a lot of what causes my migraines. I have a cervical spine injury, some smells like vanilla, MSG, stress, and my hormones. Some of these can be helped like if a friend wears vanilla perfume I can ask that they not wear it around me but others like the spine injury I am stuck with for life.

In the past 17 yrs I have tried all the drugs and experimental treatments you could think of to get rid of them. I gave up trying to find a cure or even relief for them after I went into anaphylactic shock after trying the latest fix all drug a few years ago.

I am a stay at home mom and a military spouse. With my husband in the military he is not able to be home very much and his schedule is not what you would call flexible. My daughter has health problems like Celiac disease and we are stationed in a SMALL town where the day care providers and military as well are not willing to work with us when it comes to helping her. So finding someone else to watch her has not happened yet. When one of these hits me and makes me writhe agony for a few days I do not usually have the luxury of taking refuge in a dark silent place. My daughter is 4 years old and as any normal 4 year old she understands and is patient up to a point.

I have tried a few things that work really well when I am having a migraine. I turn into a camp out. We drag out the sleeping bags (since I have darkened the rooms as much as possible) She gets to play with her flash light (not shining it at mommy). I do a easy dinner for her something I will not vomit making and something she does not usually get since she is giving up a lot due to me being sick. I put on some movies for that day or those days. We have a lot of movies because the closest big city or anything other than Walmart is 2 hrs away if you don't you may want to invest in a few for Migraine days. This is what has worked for us maybe reading this will give you an idea of something you can do with your child if they have to suffer through migraines with you.

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