Growing Up With a Disabled Parent: Empathy or Resentment?

It would be an understatement to say that it’s difficult growing up with a parent who struggles with a disability. It changes the way you view your parents, friends, and even your own health at times. In this two-part series, I’ll examine how this impacts different parts of a child’s life. In this first part,…

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6 Tips for Heading Back to School with Migraine

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It’s that time of year again! Students are heading back to school and it seems parents are scrambling to get their kids ready for the new school year. However, when your child lives with migraine, that scrambling can be challenging because there is so much more involved.  In this video, Dr. Thomas Berk, certified headache…

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5 Tips to Enjoy Summer as a Parent with Migraine

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Summers are tricky. On the one hand, you’ve been looking forward to more time with your children.  On the other hand, you have migraine, and the thought of all that time with kids during migraine attacks is daunting. These conflicting feelings can be a lot, but know that you are not alone. So many parents…

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Migraine Comorbidities: Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome

In this blog we are going to look at Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), another migraine comorbidity and a rare disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. Though it is more common in children, it can occur in people of all ages, with the number of adults being diagnosed on the rise. It is a very difficult condition to identify and is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms so closely mirror those of other illnesses, such as gastroenteritis, and occur periodically rather than continuously.

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When the Migraine Monster Touches Your Child: Part 2

One of the saddest aspects about migraine from my perspective is that it doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. I recently sat down with my oldest son, Joel, and talked about how migraine has impacted his life. What it was like growing up not only watching me in pain, but then dealing with it himself.

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When the Migraine Monster Touches Your Child: Part 1

I will never forget the day that my oldest son, Joel, called me into his room and said: “Flashy lights, mommy! I see flashy lights!” He was not quite 9 years old and my heart sank. At that time, I knew little about the hereditary risk of migraine but quickly found myself on a steep learning curve. Less than two years later, I went through the same heartbreak with my second son. The disease took on a new face, a more personal and challenging face.

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