“A chronic illness is like having your body taken over by a foreign entity. It changes your life especially when it’s something people cannot physically see. Being in chronic pain, taking medications every day, and missing out on things in life starts to weigh on you. But even on my worst days, when I’m crying and want to give up, I still pull up my bootstraps because I know that I will eventually feel better!”
Nicole is in her twenties and has struggled with severe migraines for years. Because she’s young and outgoing, many people don’t realize that she’s dealing with a chronic illness. Here’s what she shared with CareZone about her condition:
What is the most challenging part of managing your condition?
I can suffer from up to 15 migraines a month. I take multiple medications a day for prevention and also take several medications for when I experience a migraine. Sometimes they are so bad that I have to find a designated driver to take me to urgent care to get a shot because other relief methods have failed.
What advice would you give to someone who was recently diagnosed with migraines?
Don’t give up! You can live your daily life with a chronic illness and still be happy and functional.
How do you de-stress?
I put on comfortable clothes, lie in bed with my animals, and put on one of my favorite tv shows.
What’s your superpower?
I realize that we all struggle with challenges and that we can’t judge a book by its cover. Some people really suffer on the inside. Understanding this has made me a better person.
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