• Daily Routine,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    Celebrate Small Victories

    Big things don’t happen everyday. A new job, a promotion, a baby, a marathon are once in awhile things for most people. But there is something to celebrate everyday, we just have to look for them. You might think “well that sounds positive and cheery Chrissy.” And it is, because I believe we should totally pat ourselves on the back. “But I haven’t done anything special in a long time.” I bet you have. On social media we often talk about the small things we do everyday under the guise of what some people call Adulting. Paying those bills, washing the clothes, or doing the dishes are all things worth…

  • Activism,  Health Care

    September is Pain Awareness Month

    Pain, we are all familiar with it. A tooth ache, a sore throat, a broken bone. Pain regardless of its cause can keep us from spending time with our family, effect our work, and just down right make us miserable. When the pain becomes chronic, these issues are compounded by the pure exhaustion of living in pain. I have lived with pain my entire life. For the last 11 years I have lived with daily pain. Currently most days my pain is low, but there are some days where my pain effects every aspect of my life. My pain goal is to make those days few and far between. There…

  • Be Well,  Migraine

    My Pain and God’s Presence

    I was going through a particular painful migraine last week. I’m talking pain that I have not experienced in recent memory. It’s hard, and exhausting, and very lonely. I’m a very emotional person. I feel my emotions and other people’s emotions very strongly. The emotions I’ve experienced over the last week have been sadness, anger, helplessness, frustration, love, relief, joy, and happiness. Over and over again, like riding an endless roller coaster. As strongly as I feel emotions, when I feel the need to cry, for tears, it doesn’t always happen. I suspect this is a result of the medication I have taken for my depression and anxiety for the…

  • Daily Routine

    New Symptom Anxiety: Think Before You Google

    I’ve lived a lifetime of stomach ailments, with a variety of symptoms. I’ve sat in waiting rooms with my mom as a preteen for diagnostic testing. I learned to adjust my meals to temper my pain and nausea as I got older. As an adult much of my issues came from stress, and the ibuprofen I was constantly taking for my chronic pain. I’ve run the gamut of of upper and lower digestion issues. I share a lot here about my health, but I don’t think it’s necessary to describe exactly what I mean. New Symptoms When it comes to new symptoms our first instinct is to reach for the…

  • Daily Routine,  Find Joy

    Find Joy in the Unexpected Moments

    Today is a big day for me. I will be receiving my first injection of the recently approved preventive migraine medicine Aimovig. I didn’t sleep well at all last night and my anxiety has been high. I had a therapy appointment scheduled this morning, which was fortunate. I was able to process some of what I was feeling about something that has the potential to be life changing. Both my therapist and my neurologist have offices in Gahanna, a suburb east of Columbus. I have spent little time in Gahanna except to attend these appointments and I found myself with a little bit of time this morning. I thought I…