Sunday, June 2, 2013

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge #2

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month #2 -X-Men: Migraine & Headache Disorders Super Heroes: Who in your life goes above the call of duty and how?

I am fortunate to have not just one, but four Migraine and headache disorder super heroes in my life. The first two are my children Sarah and Sam, who are and continue to be pillars of strength and accomplishment despite living with the obstacles their parents have put them through. The second and third heroes are my sister Julie and her wife Peggy.

These two wonderful women are the epitome of what a hero should be, giving freely, taking care of others and always being there when you don't even know you need them. Julie and Peggy have been together for 10 years and share their home with Fredo their cat who is treated as well if not better than most children I know. Julie and Peggy were finally married this past Christmas in a wonderful civil ceremony. There was hardly a dry eye in the room, and our hearts were full of happiness and joy for the loving couple. Both women are highly successful in their careers and share their love, strength, time and patience, sweat and equity to family and friends. They rarely stop and think of themselves. Julie and Peggy care for our aging parents without complaint; that's just how they roll. They would sooner go without then let someone be uncomfortable, unhappy, unattended to or felt ill at ease. These are the qualities that make a heroes great.   

My children Sarah, now 23 years-old and Sam and 18 years-old are my other heroes. Raising them has been a wondrous blessed journey with many trials and tribulations. Both have accomplished great things in their young lives. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in December, made the Dean's List and is working in her chosen field - psychology. Sam will be graduating later this month from high school, just broke the school record for shot put and is going to Utica College in the fall to study health science.

Growing up hasn't been easy because their "picture perfect" family was ripped apart by their father who decided he needed a new life and left the family in 2008. However their foundation was strong  - at one point their father was actually good at being a father. Our family of four became a close knit unit of three with love, patience, compassion, and plenty of time. Despite coming from a broken home, my children have set goals and standards for themselves - then reached them. They have achieved wonderful things despite having one parent who "tapped out" of the family during their important teen years and another who is chronically ill. They have shown themselves to be made of unbelievable character, compassion, and loyalty which are all necessary for a super hero.    

Thanks for reading and have a great month!

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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


  1. I wonder if there is something about living with the emotional stress of a chronic illness in the family that drives children to grow up to be psychologists. My oldest is only 17, but is looking into psychology as a career.
    It seems many of us have in common the love of our wonderful children.

  2. Hi Otter,

    Thanks for reading. That's an interesting observation. Maybe they ought to consider this a topic for their dissertation when they become PhD's??



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