Welcome to Beauty And The Migraine Beast

 I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I am passionate about living my best life, despite my migraines.  Beauty And The Migraine Beast serves as a vessel to share my life, stories and experience with chronic migraine. It is my hope that my openness may resonate with you personally, or help bring more awareness, understanding and compassion to what life with chronic migraine is really like. 

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October 29, 2019

   When we were newly married, we had it all figured out. I am sure many of you probably chuckled at that last sentence. It makes me cringe a bit because we had no idea what we were in for. This had nothing to do with getting along and figuring out how to become a team...

October 1, 2019

   

    Today marks 8 years since Jeremy and I stood in the chapel of the USS Ronald Reagan and became husband and wife. This year has been hard. There is not way around that fact, but it has nothing to do with our relationship. The hard comes from our second misca...

May 27, 2019

  

    Jeremy and I both grew up in Michigan, but the Navy has taken us far from our home-state for many, many years. No matter where we have lived, however, I have always still felt a pull to that familiar place. The Pure Michigan commercials come one the radio or...

March 20, 2019

   

    Well, a famous doctor said something that has stirred up our community -and rightfully so! Dr. Phil said, "100 out of 100 relationships that involve caregiving fail." Seriously, this man must not spend a lot of time with a variety of couples that actually i...

February 26, 2019

   

    I think that to truly understand what a miracle baby Luke is, I have to start well before the day he was born. This amazing journey was such a blessing...

    When Jeremy and I were approved to go to a new fertility clinic here in New York, I was e...

January 26, 2019

    I knew as soon as I stepped onto the the chair that it was not my most brilliant idea... but our Bremerton, Washington rental was a very old, drafty house and I was nesting. As I stretched to put up the window shrink-wrap, my giant belly threw off my balance and I...

January 17, 2019

  My life with migraine started around the time I was 18. I was in college and began having classic symptoms associated with migraine- nausea, stabbing pain (up the back of my head on the left side,) fatigue, sensitivity to light/sound and so on. Thinking that I was ju...

January 8, 2019

    When you spend a lot of your time in one space, it is not just important to like it- you should love it! As a person that has chronic migraine, one of the spaces I spend a lot of time in is my bedroom. In our early years of marriage, we move around several times be...

November 14, 2018

    For our anniversary, I talked Jeremy into updating our family photos. I LOVE having pictures around the house and having those memories to cherish. The last time we had family pictures taken, N was L's age- so it was definitely time. I researched and scoured our ar...

October 9, 2018

    "Grief only exists where love first lived." - Francesca Cox 

    I guess to truly understand I have to start this story at the very beginning (some of you may know the first part of this, but bear with me because all of this needs to be told as a whole)......

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