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My Support System

I am blessed, VERY blessed. I have a large support system and people in my life that understand my pain, my journey, and what I have gone through to get to this point. I would not be where I am today without each and every one of them. This includes my husband, my immediate family, extended family, friends, family friends, old co-workers and managers.

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.”  ~Author Unknown

One common thread I have noticed with many that suffer from chronic pain is their love for their pets. It is a truly special bond, and with both of my labs, they have been able to read me and have provided me with endless compassion. My best bud Wilson, who is the most lovable, dedicated and loyal friend. And Bruin, my first lab who passed away in 2004. I know he looks down on me, and will greet me with very slobbery kisses someday when we are once again reunited.

It is very fitting that I have acknowledged my dogs in front of my husband. He’s used to it by now and I know he won’t take it personally. 😉 But I have to thank my husband who I met in 1997, just after I was diagnosed with migraines. He witnessed the decline in my health, and stood by my side just the same. We dated for 7 years before walking down the aisle, because this pain is not something to be taken lightly. Care providers who truly CARE, are special people, and he definitely qualifies, and then some. To an extent, I think he knew what he was signing up for when we said “I do”, and during our vows, I got choked up when we stated “in sickness and in health”, because I knew all too well what that meant. I love you, thanks for being my rock…….

every step of the way

I know that many suffer in silence, and this just makes my heart ache. I share this in hoping that if you are feeling misunderstood, that you find a group, a therapist, and surround yourself with others that understand and will lend an ear, and a hug. I UNDERSTAND, and through this blog, I commit to staying connected with you. My personal email is posted publically as well if you’d like to reach out to me personally. I owe it to myself, and to all of you.

you are not alone

On-line Support Resources

This list is not comprehensive and I intend to add to it, but included below are links to some groups that I have found to be extremely helpful and uplifting.

I recommend two migraine groups on Facebook that I just recently joined:

The Many Faces of Migraines: https://www.facebook.com/groups/endmigraines/

Migraineur Misfits: https://www.facebook.com/MigraineurMisfits

And for those of you struggling with some of the personal battles that plague patients with chronic health:

Every Day Matters: https://www.facebook.com/causeconnected

Members and site administrators post questions, inspirational thoughts and quotes, provide advice, and share the highs and lows of fighting their own individual battles. It is truly a reminder that you are not alone.

To help spread awareness for migraines, I encourage you to visit the link below for “Advanced Migraine Relief” to request a free “Mind the Pain” purple bracelet. I’ve ordered mine, and when it arrives, I will wear it proudly.

http://relief.advancedmigraine.com/mindthepain-awareness-wristband

Mind the Pain Wristband

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2 responses to “My Support System

  1. Dolores Sehorn says:

    Stephanie you are my hero thank you for sharing your journey. I have known you all these years and you were always the sweetest, kindest and most loving person. Never knowing from you the true hell you were in, only knowing the seriousness of your health issues from Jason’s family. You continued to work and succeed at your job and be the loving person you are. I am so grateful to know you and have you in my life even if it is a distant.family member You and Jason have your life back, so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!! Love you.

  2. Thank you Dolores, your kinds words mean so much. Love you back!

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