Migraine Awareness Month #4: Finding Nemo: "Just Keep Swimming": How do you keep going when Migraine or another Headache Disorder deals you a difficult setback?
Finding Nemo has GOT to be my favorite Walt Disney movie. I admit there have been times during my Migraine journey that I have thought about Dori the fish and her famous line: "Just Keep Swimming." It's easier said than done. I often just want to float like a dead fish and let someone flush me. But of course, that's not a very good option. So instead, I am grateful for the support system I have, the support system you'll hear about over and over in this blog, that keeps me going.
I wish I could say I have great depths of inner strength that I draw upon and that's how I keep going. I don't. Like a pregnant woman picking a focal point in order to deal with the pains of labor, I have to focus on others, on those around me who I love and who I know love me, to get me through difficult times. Otherwise, I'd give up. I focus on my husband, who even though he could leave, even though no one would blame him, he stays, and he doesn't give up on me. I focus on my niece and nephews, who have my heart, and who I would never want to hurt. I want to be an example for them of strength, perseverance and resilience. I focus on my parents, who go the extra mile, the extra million miles, to do everything they can to restore me to good health. Finally I think of my friends. I have the broadest spectrum of friends you can imagine, from college aged to women in their 80's, and they love me and I love them. They support me and go out of their way to make me feel better. I focus on that. Focusing on these people, these good people, these good things, gives me strength and reminds me I have to persevere no matter how bad it hurts or how difficult it gets. .
I also am a strong believer in therapy. It helps me through the difficult times. If you've read this blog much you've heard me sing the praises of my psychologist, Dr. D., but he really has kept me sane over the past 14 years or so. He gives me strength and reminds me of the good things in my life when I am feeling weak. I need that. Everyone needs that.
I just focus on the good. I focus on the love. That's how I "Just Keep Swimming."
June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com