We’re approaching the fourth year I’ve maintained this blog. I never really established a mission or goal for the blog other than to be a place to complain about my migraines and maybe find someone who wanted to listen. What I’ve learned over time is that complaining (or whining as I frequently call it) gets old quickly. I’ve made a decision to discontinue the blog not because I don’t have enough people reading it but just because I think I don’t have a lot to contribute to “the ether” of the Internet. I’ve found a few friends through the trials of this and will continue through Facebook or Twitter to maintain those connections. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers go the way the wind blows because the venture can easily feel like a job (an unpaid job) and no longer a fun journal that happens to be public.
What have I learned from this experience? I’m not alone in the world of migraines. Everybody has a different experience with migraines. Drugs aren’t the answer in every case. Questioning your doctor on treatments is acceptable and should be expected. Giving up isn’t an option.
And lastly, the most important lesson I’ve learned? The pain reminds us that we’re alive. Without the pain we’d go through life not understanding what a gift it is to be able to relax without pain and distractions. That pain keeps me from being a sheep, tooling around life without knowing where I came from and where I want to go.