My name is Tasha Marie, I’m currently an entrepreneur and a singer-songwriter/musician. I’m a pain warrior who has been dealing with chronic migraines, one day at a time.
I have always had migraines ever since I can remember. I experienced them sporadically during my childhood, but my family and I were unaware that they were migraines. To us, they were just really agonising headaches.
In my teenage years, I started experiencing migraines with auras. My main symptoms were strong nausea along with blind-spots. I used to panic, thinking that maybe I was losing my vision and needed to go to the opticians. Whenever I went to see my GP about them, I was told that I just needed to stop eating cheese and take paracetamol. Not once, did a doctor ever say that I could be dealing with migraines.
By the time I made it to my college and university years, migraines were a thing of the past for me. Unfortunately at the age of 23, the frequent headaches and (unbeknownst to me) the migraine attacks returned during really stressful times up to 4x a year. I started researching into why I would always lose my vision during a migraine (or experience what they call a “visual disturbance”), then discovered I was dealing with migraines. I remember reading about the people who would have attacks 3 times a week and thinking to myself “Thank God that is not me. Things could be worse!”.
Unfortunately, things became worse in Summer 2015. All I remember is waking up with a migraine, taking ibuprofen tablets and attempting to sleep it off. I woke up, still in agonising pain. So I took a second dose and repeated the ‘sleeping it off’ method. It wouldn’t budge. I had to miss out on work for over a week. I still had the migraine. A second week had passed and I still had the migraine, so I went to the hospital. The doctor had tested my cranial sensors and told me to see my GP to monitor my migraines. Since then, I have tried a variety of medications and none have worked thus far except dicoflenac (sometimes). I’ve had multiple tests, MRIs, seen numerous neurologists, opticians, optometrists and even a holistic physiotherapist.
Although I haven’t found that right medication that consistently works, I am fighting every day to remain optimistic and I am putting my faith and trust in God for my healing. He is the one that keeps me positive, strong and determined to fight. He picks me up and enables me to stand when I feel like I can’t endure any more.
I decided to start this site specifically for pain warriors/chronic illness warriors, because it is hard to see the light when you are constantly in pain. We need as much encouragement as we can get. I made up my mind after a breaking point that I’m not going to let my pain drag me down. I refuse to let my pain dictate every area of my life or my future. I will have life, abundantly. By God, I will not be defeated.
It occurred to me that maybe there are others who have found themselves in a slump and need somebody to encourage them to try their hardest to enjoy life despite the difficulties they face.
So I’ll share whatever positivity I have, with you. I hope it lifts you up, that you feel empowered and ready to fight back for your life. Know that you are not alone.
This is for you fellow pain warrior, who needs encouragement.
I pray that the Pain Warrior Code will help you to remember that even though you have pain, you can persevere and ultimately have prosperity