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Women's History Month: Migraine Mania!

The past few day's in Women's History Tidbits:

March 11, 1923: Agatha Barbara is born in Zabbar. She will serve as president of Malta from 1982 to 1987.*
March 12, 1982: The first games of the first women's NCAA basketball tournament are held. Thirty-two teams will compete in the tournament; in 1994 the tournament will expand to a 64-team field.*
March 13, 1986: Four-time champion Susan Butcher wins the first of three straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races in Alaska.*


The last three days have been migraine mania for me. I won't go into details on how it came about, but suffice to say that it was an allergic reaction to a chemical. But from Wednesday evening until today when I woke up, I was rocking a world class migraine. Thankfully I have a well stocked pharmacy in my home. Of legal drugs people!

In light of my migraine mania, I thought it was a great chance to introduce or remind you of two women I consider the Queens of migraines and chronic issues:

Paula Kamen: It's hard for me to summarize Paula because while she likes to tell me that I'm everywhere, I say she was there way before me. Paula has written a play about Jane, the abortion collective from pre-Roe days, a loving tribute about her friend Finding Iris Chang and her own memoir about a 15-year migraine All in My Head. Not to mention she was one of the first people to write about young feminism. And now she's a mom of two lucky children. Seriously zip on over to her website and read up on her. You won't be disappointed.

Jenni Prokopy: AKA Chronic Babe. I met Jenni thru Cinnamon and she's always the first thing out of my mouth when a woman tells me she's been diagnosed with a chronic disease/illness/situation. "You have to go to ChronicBabe Dot Com." As Jenni says, she's got chronic diseases but she's still a babe! It took me a long time to identify as a Chronic Babe. What's lifelong suffering of environmental allergies compared to say Type 1 diabetes or fibromyalgia? Well, I think a lot considering that a 30-year-old-runny nose is pretty chronic. Plus the sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes.

In my mid-twenties I started to have migraines. At first I put all the blame on my birth control pills. I think they were partially to blame. After weighting the pros and cons of menstruation suppression, I figured that it's not just my pills. Despite my allergies having killed off a lot of my sense of smell, I am sensitive to some smells. I also get migraines if I don't eat & sleep well in a small period of time. So I know if I'm pulling a long day, I better fortify myself well.

As I try to catch up on the world after my migraine coma, I salute the two Chicago women who have this community covered.


* Source: 2010 Women Who Dare Engagement Calendar from the Library of Congress

Comments

Unknown said…
Thanks! It's great to know that when you're in great pain, you think of me (and Jenny)! :)

Sorry what you've been going through! I know it would take a very strong force to every slow you down. But a concrete way to improve treatment, which now is decades behind where it should be, is to encourage federal funding for migraine. I encourage your readers to sign up for advocacy alerts at:
http://capwiz.com/headacheadvocacy/mlm/signup/
(I will blog about this site in my next post at Ms. Magazine, where I know you're also guest blogging. My first post on the topic:
msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/09/my-headache-and-i-on-the-hill/
hey chica, i also hate that you've been going through migraine stuff. it's miserable. thanks for the shout-out and i'm always happy to be your go-to babe for chronic stuff. and you know what? you're totally a chronicbabe, and that's cool. you're in excellent company! ;) xoxo
Veronica said…
thanks for commenting you two!
Anonymous said…
I never knew there were others who experienced chronic headaches/migraines. Thank you soo much for this post, I feel a little less alone. And than you for the link in the comments, I had no idea there were headache associations or anything.

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