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Advocacy in Action: Navigating Migraine with Nicole

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In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Nicole, a nursing student living with migraine. Nicole shares her harrowing journey, the challenges of navigating health care, and how she turned her struggle into advocacy for herself and others. Nicole's experiences highlight the power of advocacy, the impact of stigma, and the importance of community support in living with migraine.

Join Sarah and Nicole for an episode that offers valuable insights for anyone looking to advocate for better migraine care and understanding.

Among the highlights in this episode:

01:20: Nicole recounts a severe migraine attack following a concussion in 2016, detailing the array of debilitating symptoms she experienced

02:25: Nicole discusses how educating herself about migraine, joining support groups, and learning to advocate for herself were crucial steps in managing her condition

03:50: Nicole shares practical advice on preparing for medical appointments, including keeping detailed health records and symptom notes to improve communication with health care providers

06:13: Nicole and Sarah highlight the significance of finding a community through support groups, sharing experiences, and not feeling alone in the journey with migraine

07:35: Nicole discusses the challenge of advocating for herself among family and friends and the importance of sharing personal stories to educate others about the realities of living with migraine

13:31: Nicole reflects on what motivated her to seek better treatment and care, emphasizing the role of research, therapy, and the determination to live independently despite her condition

15:26: Nicole acknowledges that despite best efforts, some people still struggle with migraine management due to the unique ways migraine affects each individual

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A podcast episode produced by Ben Blanc, Associate Director, Digital Production and Engagement at GHLF.

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