Barbara Leech is a mom of four who gave up her career as a reporter and editor of two weekly newspapers in Southern New Hampshire to be a work-at-home mom and autoimmune disease warrior. Within her personal battle with fibromyalgia, lupus, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she is an advocate for greater public awareness and raising funds toward research and improved treatments for these and other autoimmune diseases.
Her overall mission is to be the best mom and writer she can be, despite the challenges of living with a chronic illness. Barbara lives in Maine with her husband Adam, and they have two young sons together. Her two older daughters are grown (25 and 28). One is married, and the other is planning a summer 2016 wedding in the Mountains of New Hampshire.
Barbara considers herself a survivor of all things: fibromyalgia, lupus, Hashimoto’s, divorce, and starting over. She is passionate about family, faith and small victories.
For work, Barbara telecommutes, writing for a strategic advising firm in Massachusetts. On the side, she is a freelance writer for daily newspapers and business magazines throughout New England and a blogger on topics of health, parenting, and real estate. She also provides freelance editing and copywriting services for several businesses throughout the country.
Many sufferers find migraine in summer more challenging than other seasons. Symptoms are more severe and last longer with warmer weather.
Barbara and Krystina shares their tips on how to avoid migraine postdrome, and what to do when you are recovering from a migraine attack.
It is estimated that about 35 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from both TMJ and migraines. Find out more about how they are connected.
Research indicates that reaching for your partner instead of your medication may be more effective in relieving migraine pain.
"I got my hands on an amazing invention to try that actually provided me tremendous relief," Barbara shares in her review of the Migraine Hat.
What does a migraine feel like? Describing the pain in a way others understand can be difficult, especially when people question migraine’s validity.
What if you suddenly get a headache that not only lacks a trigger, but does not go away…ever? Is a daily headache a migraine, or something else?
"Could poor sleep quality be causing your migraines?" Barbara discusses the possible link between migraines and sleep issues.
"Friends and relationships can slowly change once migraines become frequent," Barbara writes on maintaining relationships with migraine.
What happens to migraine when you enter menopause? Barbara discusses her experience with migraines and menopause, and what you can expect.