Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Depression Monster

I've been feeling the "Holiday Depression Monster" creeping up on me these last few weeks, and with having chronic Migraine, I've found that it's hard to fend him off! This is what I think he looks like!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Migraine Girl

This is a Migraine Girl that I drew in my notebook during work when I was having a pain flair up.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vintage Migraine Chick Comics

I've been going through some of my older Migraine Chick Comics and I forgot how much I liked them.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Migraine Moods

I spotted her in a shop window in downtown Ann Arbor. I loved her sunglasses and her tiara.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Migraine Girls

Migraine Girl about auras with migraine.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Migraine Girls

I still think the "zombie" is the perfect description for how my migraines make me feel.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Migraine Girls

I get a lot of nausea with my migraines.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Migraine Girls

I drew her while having a bad migraine day at work.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Migraine Pain....

I was recently interviewed by an online magazine for Migraine Awareness Month, but alas, I was edited out of the article, so I decided to post what I wrote here since I put so much effort into my answers. It's so hard for me to write things with my migraines that I didn't want it to go to waste.

"My migraine pain is an intense pounding headache, and bright lights or loud noises seem to make it hurt more. I frequently have aura, where I see squiggle lines in my vision. Plus there are other things like blurred vision, stiff neck, loss of concentration, etc....My first migraine was terrifying because I had no idea how much my head could hurt. My migraines started when I began going through early perimenopause.

I've tried most of the medicines associated with migraines, but none of it has really helped. I've also tried acupuncture, massage, Botox, and herbal remedies. Recently, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and my doctors seem to think that is causing my migraines, so they are trying a cpap machine with mixed results. The silliest thing I've done is stand with my head in the freezer because cold seems to make my head feel better.

I think that I've learned to take better care of my overall health because of my migraines. Pain makes you more present in your life. Instead of being depressed about the things I can't do, I've learned to explore the things that I can do. Like I had to give up chocolate because it was a migraine trigger for me. I loved chocolate dearly, but then I have discovered so many other wonderful treats that I would have never tried, if I were still eating just chocolate.

Before my migraines, I used to write fiction, but the constant pain chased that type of expression out of my head with all the varied symptoms. I was still looking for a way to express myself creatively when I found collage which led to doodling which led to learning how to draw. For some reason, when I draw, the pain seems backs off. I think it accesses some other part of the brain. So without my migraines, I would have never learned this love of trying to make art.

Dealing with headaches and migraines in the workplace at any age can be challenging. My own tips include always keeping my medication close by, keeping a list of affirmations in my drawer, using breaks to listen to meditation or guided imagery on my IPod, and drinking chamomile tea to stay calm. I always tell myself that "I do what I can and no more than that, each and every day."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Migraines Make Me Cry

I drew her at work when I was having a bad pain flair up. I like how she is leaning under her swirly migraine hair.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Migraine Day Button

Here is a great idea. A cute button to let your co-workers know that you're feeling terrible with a migraine. It's a Social Alert Button from WordForWordGreetings.

"You feel terrible. You've taken some Rx and are waiting for it to start working. You're trying to keep it together at the desk job. Does this sound like you? Want to explain your haggard look and slowed down brain speed to your co-workers with minimal effort and maximum results? THEN THIS MIGRAINE BUTTON IS FOR YOU! Keep it on hand for those days you've got to be a person in the world, but instead you're a person trying to overcome a migraine headache, in the world. Hand-pressed 1.25" pin back button - ready to wear!"

Monday, May 14, 2012

Migraine Barbie

Sometimes when Migraine Barbie has a bad pain flair up, it feels like her head is covered in prickly steel wool.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Migraine Barbie

This is Migraine Barbie with what it's like to have severe sleep apnea with the migraines that follow.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Migraine Action Art Exhibition.

"Artist Mike Jory is holding an online exhibition of paintings to raise funds for national migraine charity Migraine Action. Mike has suffered from chronic migraine for 20 years but finds painting constantly rewarding. ‘One of the great things about art is that you can do a painting in stages, so it is an activity which one can fit around migraine attacks’ says Mike. He continues ‘Migraine can make it difficult to progress in life, whether in one’s career or a hobby, but producing art regularly has provided me with a thread of stability over the years, each project brings with it something new to learn and the sense of accomplishment upon completing a painting is always a joy’. Mike exhibits in galleries across the South West of England, in major London galleries and his images which have appeared on television and in the national press are in private collections around the world. The artist’s work focuses predominantly on animal and landscape paintings but he also creates figure paintings, portraits, hidden image pictures, murals and cartoons. The exhibition includes original paintings, drawings and high quality giclee prints. In addition a wide range of merchandise is available to which the customer can add their own personal message making for truly unique gifts. With gift prices starting at a couple of pounds and the most expensive original paintings selling for £1500 there is something for everyone! A percentage of all purchases made through the exhibition website will be donated to Migraine Action, a charity which offers support and information to the one in seven people in the UK affected by migraine." Please read more at

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

what's new

So my doctors think that they have finally figured out why I have chronic daily migraine. I’ve been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder where I have abnormal pauses in my breathing during the night. I think that explains all the fatigue, loss of concentration, etc…that I thought was going along with my migraines. They’ve given me one of those cpap machines, where it helps you breathe during the night, but my chronic sinus issues are making it difficult to use.

Next I went to see an ear, nose, throat doctor who says I have a deviated septum along with my jaw being too far back, plus some other issues in that general area. Basically I have all the things that can give you sleep apnea. Right now he's trying to clear up the sinus thing, but it's not going well.

I do feel better that the docs are finally figuring out what is wrong with me, but none of them have an easy solution. I still can’t break the cycle of these migraines. I might have a good half of a day followed by really bad pain flair up. I don’t know if my brain is just permanently confused about being in pain all the time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Migraine Moods

I loved the way the red hat was on her head, and with the streaks of the reflection, it looked like the way my migraine felt on Sunday.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Frazzled Migraine

I sketched this girl Saturday morning when I was feeling really frazzled by my current migraine.