In the interests of total honesty, I have to admit I was skeptical when I received this book, Finding Happiness with Migraine, to review. I mean, really, who finds happiness with migraine? I find happiness with many things in life; with migraine — not so much.
Plus the book is written by Sarah Hackley who looks like she’s all of 25 and tells us she started her migraine adventure in 2007. That’s only six years ago! Hard for some of us veterans who have been on our migraine adventures for 30, 40, or even 50+ years to accept advice from young novices. Additionally, I’m always a tad envious when someone tells me that in seven short years they’ve seen all kinds of specialists and tried umpteen solutions. For at least my first 12 years or so, I didn’t even have a name for my pain.
So, trying to set my skepticism aside, I read the book in an hour or so on a lovely Sunday afternoon. And I’m grateful I did.
Here’s the other thing I’m grateful for: Sarah doesn’t have to wait 30, 40, or 50 years to have the benefit of migraine preventives to try, to have the availability of triptans to abort a migraine attack, to be aware that yoga, meditation, gratefulness and a positive attitude can be helpful for migraine life (and living with other diseases, I suspect).
It’s taken me 40+ years to discover that not worrying or being anxious about my next migraine attack helps all the way around; that yoga and meditation help me relax, stay mindful of my body and remember to breathe; that being grateful for all the wonderful things in my life is a tonic. I’m not big on affirmations, but in recent years I have integrated things like mindfulness, yoga, and breathing into my migraine journey and found them helpful.
So if you have $2.99 (Kindle or Nook) and an hour or so to spare, Finding Happiness with Migraine will remind you of some simple ways you can help yourself manage life with migraine. While sometimes the book oversimplifies or overstates their power, these approaches deserve consideration and trial. We know there is no cure and no magic pill, so the best we can do is try everything available to us and find the things that help us manage, that help make our migraine adventures a little less brutal.