By Don Wagner email@example.com
3:11 PM EST, December 4, 2012
SOUTH BEND – A South Bend woman has spent her life battling chronic headaches and now is being instrumental in spreading awareness about the disabling symptoms of the neurological condition.
Donna Love is the winner of the “Rewrite Your Day” campaign, a national educational initiative to spread the message about what it’s like to live with migraines.
The 35-year-old Love experienced migraines throughout her childhood and was only officially diagnosed with Chronic Migraine last year. Love’s headaches, which include nausea and sensitivity to light, affect her daily life. She experiences migraines and headaches on 15 or more days each month.
She has learned techniques to help manage her migraines, but her headaches still make it difficult for her to experience many special moments in her life, the most important being those that involve her children.
Christmas is one of Love’s favorite holidays. Every year, she looks forward to hosting her entire family and spending the day playing board games, watching her children open their gifts and enjoying the Christmas meal she prepared with her family. But last year, Love’s Christmas was disrupted by a debilitating migraine.
In 2011, Love woke up the morning of Christmas Eve with what she calls the dreaded “twinge”—a tingling feeling in her head that signals a migraine is about to start. She told herself that she would work through the pain, but she knew that it was only going to get worse throughout the day. As her children began to open their presents, she could barely smile at the sight of watching her young son rip apart wrapping paper for the very first time, and it was difficult to share her daughter’s excitement about her new toys. Eventually, she had to excuse herself to lie down, and she spent the remainder of the evening in bed and missed the family dinner she had prepared. Although her family typically spends the entire day together, last Christmas everyone went home early so as not to further aggravate Love’s migraine.
“As painful as Chronic Migraine can be, it was especially disappointing to miss out on Christmas with my family and know that my migraine headache impacted my entire family as well,” Love said. “I’m looking forward to working with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss to re-create a Christmas celebration that is solely focused on spending time with family and not being interrupted by migraine.”
For winning the national “Rewrite Your Day” campaign to raise awareness about migraines, Love had her special day re-created by Weiss, one of the most sought-after event planners in the U.S. Weiss included a festive meal and cookie swap at LaSalle Grill in South Bend on Monday.
Adults 18 years or older who think they may have Chronic Migraine should seek advice from a qualified neurologist, headache or pain specialist, who can evaluate, diagnose and properly manage the condition.
For more information about the “Rewrite Your Day” campaign and Chronic Migraine, visit www.RewriteYourDay.com.
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