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About migrainefreeme

I'm a practitioner psychologist. I'm on a journey of faith and grace. I have complex, severe and continuous migraine. I blog about holding on to hope through life's ups and downs.

Spoons

I tried to explain Christine Miserandino’s spoon theory to some friends the other day but it didn’t go so well. My explanation went something like this: “It’s about spoons… …well not really spoons, but yeah, spoons… …so you have these … Continue reading

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Helping people find hope

As a follow-on from the previous post (holding on to hope), here are a few thoughts and wonderings about helping others to find hope. I’m writing this mainly for myself (as it’s something I’m still learning) but also for the … Continue reading

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Holding on to hope

I was talking to a psychologist today (Roger Bretherton, a fascinating and dynamic guy who is a clinical psychologist currently researching personality and prayer). I asked if he had any words of wisdom about what to do when life feels … Continue reading

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50 shades of grey

I’ve mentioned in a few posts that I have a faith, and I’m guessing it will come up in a few more, so I thought I’d write a little bit about it, especially as I find being a psychologist and … Continue reading

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Your future’s whatever you make it…

I’ve done a lot of thinking this week. (and quite a bit of hiding under duvets, crying my eyes out, talking round and round in circles, sitting with friends in silence, every so often pulling faces, going ‘hmm’ then eating … Continue reading

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Oh.

I had a review consultation via telephone with the specialist at the National Migraine Centre today. It didn’t bring quite the news I was hoping for. I was looking forward to talking about things like ‘recovery’,¬† ‘getting back to full … Continue reading

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And now the shipping forecast

I dreamed of being in a position to write a celebratory post this morning: I’ve had a day of feeling like the ground was solid and it felt totally amazing! I look forward to a time when I can write … Continue reading

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My chronic migraine dictionary

We British are very good at responding to the “How are you?” question with a vague and general “I’m fine.” Usually it’s all that’s needed, but for those who’ve recently asked for more info, I’ve realised my response hasn’t really … Continue reading

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The one thousandth

According to WordPress stats, migrainefreeme.com has had 999 views since it started in October. So if you’re the first person to read this post… Congratulations! You have just made the 1,000th view! To mark this once-in-a-lifetime achievement, you can claim … Continue reading

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Goodbye, hello

So 2014 is nearly over. There have been plenty of times when I’ve found myself wishing this year away and hoping I can just pretend it never happened. But I’ve also had plenty of reminders of how wonderful life is, … Continue reading

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stressed out…?!?

It’s true that stress can be a trigger for headaches and sometimes for episodic migraines (the start-stop kind). But it’s not the cause of chronic migraine. I sincerely wish it was. If stress was the cause then the solution would … Continue reading

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I’ll be there for you…

So after all sorts of uncertainties and wonderings, a long series of coincidences and a few last minute surprises, we successfully moved in to our new house a couple of weeks ago ūüôā We feel incredibly fortunate and still can’t … Continue reading

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The choice

I want to build a dark room with soft floors, padded walls and no chinks of light. I would spend all day in my room and I would be blissfully happy. But it wouldn’t be a life.¬†I would have no … Continue reading

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Giving in, but not giving up (my story, part 3 of 3)

The last few months I think I’ve cried more than I ever have in my life. Not the usual snotty snivvles or temporary hormonal outbursts I can be quite partial to, but full-on, gut-wrenching, soul-tearing, heart-breaking cries that originate somewhere … Continue reading

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London, Baby! (my story, part 2 of 3)

Earlier this year I¬†decided enough was enough. So I made¬†a referral to the¬†National Migraine Centre in London (http://www.migraineclinic.org.uk), a charity that’s at the forefront of research and treatment and¬†accepts patients from all over the UK. I was given an appointment … Continue reading

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Have you tried…? (my story, part 1 of 3)

It seems I inherited a ‘migraine brain’ from my Mum and Dad – both of whom get migraines that I remember wiping them out at various points when we were growing up. You’ve got to love genetics – my brother … Continue reading

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My Brain BSOD

People often ask what it’s like to have migraines but¬†I find it difficult to find the words to describe such a strange collection of sensations and experiences.¬†Officially, migraine is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and nervous system. Unofficially, … Continue reading

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What am I doing???

Last week I had a few nights when my head hurt so badly I couldn’t sleep. In the dark hours, I remembered I’d had a random idea a while ago to write a blog about life with chronic migraine and … Continue reading

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