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Photo Friday: Wisdom of Crowds

August 4, 2017 / 2 Comments

I took this photo in 2015 at the offices of Health Union, the parent company of Migraine.com. I was, and still am, intrigued by the artwork of the brain made up by hands. The artwork was created with chalk on a blackboard, with incredible detail and precision. The hands represent working together, which beautifully depicts the quote inscribed in chalk below the image: The wisdom of crowds is considerably greater than any one person working alone. Writing could be lonely…if I let it. The best part of chronicling my illness has been sharing the thoughts from my defective brain with others, creating a dialogue. Some of the easiest things to write have been inspired by conversations with my migraine and chronic pain family. There’s beauty in listening to different viewpoints to create a shared message. The notion that a crowd is louder together than individual voices extends into advocacy. What…

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Photo Friday – Past 5 Weeks of Travel

July 14, 2017 / 2 Comments

Today, I’m getting on a plane from DC back to LA. The past 5 weeks have been filled with conferences, interviews, writing, education, planning, advocacy and lots of travel. I had a friend ask me how I travel so much with such debilitating chronic migraine? My response was: If there’s something really important to me, I prepare. I rest. I find the strength from somewhere to push through. But I pay for it. I have a hard time saying no, but I’ve been better at picking and prioritizing what’s important. If it means that much to me, I sacrifice my health. Is that smart? No. But I want to live, not just survive. It’s worth it to me. I realize that not everyone can travel, whether it’s for a conference or even a family vacation. I won’t pretend that my health has been great this whole time. I’ve had my…

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The INvisible Project – Migraine Edition

June 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

You may have seen me post about the Invisible Project, but I don’t think I’ve taken the time to explain it. It’s a magazine that highlights the lives of those LIVING with chronic pain and tells their stories, emphasizing pictures from their personal archives. The main purpose is to make the invisible more visible. The INvisible Project is the flagship program of the US Pain Foundation (go “Like” their page!). Nicole Hemmenway, VP of US Pain and Director of the Invisible Project, conceived this project with the goal of showing the real impact of chronic illness, which is not always pretty. Previous editions covered multiple chronic illnesses. This year was the first time a disease-specific magazine was produced, focusing on migraine. It launched in early June, just in time for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. The Migraine Edition Nicole and editor Jenni Grover, of Chronic Babe, approached me late last…

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My Favorite Articles as a Migraine Writer – Part Four

June 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

In less than 4 years, I’ve written over 100 articles sharing my world with chronic migraine disease & pain. For migraine awareness month, here are my favs. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so I thought I’d share with you the ones that have meant the most to me. Images of an Invisible Illness Disability Income Preparation Guide Botox Basics

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Photo Friday- Painsomnia and Writing

May 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

I spent a large portion of March traveling. I found myself in many different hotels. I had trouble sleeping. I was exhausted, but stayed up late too many nights, writing to keep my mind off the pain. Late night is actually when I feel most creative. The street lights from Vermont Ave off of Thomas Circle had this amazing glow. It gave me a great reprieve from the harsh lights of conference rooms. Setting the perfect ambiance to sort all of my jumbled thoughts onto paper. Painsomnia is a perfect term to describe why I’m in pain and can’t sleep. I find solace in creating. It can help take my mind off the pain. It can also create bad sleeping patterns. Now that I’m home, I’m working on being more consistent with sleep. It’s probably one of my biggest areas for improvement.

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Photo Fridays- Migraine.com Connexion Conference

March 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Health Union (parent company of Migraine.com) invited all the HQ staff, writers and moderators to join together for the first time at their new space in Philly. One of our co-founders said it best- “Welcome Home.” And that’s exactly what these 2 days felt like.

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for Migraine.com, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.

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