Hello, my name is Jamie. In April of 2008, a terrible migraine hit me. I had had migraines before, so I just rested and figured it would go away. After weeks of the pain not ceasing I started seeing specialists. I can’t even count how many tests and treatments I have gone through or even the number of specialists I have seen. When none of it worked or provided answers, I was simply diagnosed with a chronic migraine. To this day I have not had a day where this pain didn’t ail me.
In a month, I will have been battling this migraine for six years. I am only 18. I always thought that by this time I would be a full-time student, earning my way to a Veterinary Technology A.S. degree, and from there, a Bachelor’s in the same field, I had even considered becoming a veterinarian. Instead, I am in tremendous pain just taking one class. This migraine has made any form of concentrating or reading very painful. All the time people assume I’m better if I’m in a good mood, but that is a facade so that people don’t worry about me. If I show how I really feel I am swarmed and asked a million questions like I caused this migraine.
Before I earned a GED, I was attending a semi-private high school. I was verbally attacked with students saying I was making this up to make my life easier and avoid schoolwork, since I often felt too bad to go to school. Every day is a battle, not easy whatsoever. All the time people I know confront me about only taking one class (that it’s online instead of on campus), as if I’m not trying to further my education enough. They compare me to my older sister who will have her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in August.
No matter how much I try I’m not good enough to those I know. Despite the pain they expect me to be able to be a full-time student. Not even my own parents have faith in me getting degrees in my field. I try to enjoy life, but if I’m even just outside for a few hours in the sun or noise I am miserable for days. I haven’t met one person that understands the fight I’m going through. I sometimes get depressed or lonely because of that. I want people to understand my fight is real.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.