My Story: Sarah Rathsack

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I had my first migraine at age five. I was not officially diagnosed until years later. I have never known life without migraines and have gone from episodic to chronic.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

Over the years I have tried a million do-it-yourself cures and medications and found few that work consistently.

As far as lifestyle goes I try to live preventatively — lots of water, anti-inflammatory foods, consistent sleep, stress management techniques, exercise, understanding my triggers, and having a good relationship with my doctor to find the medicine that works best.

Who has been there for you? How?

My family is my rock. My mom has migraines and has understood from day one. Watching me suffer over the years has been hard on her and she gives me endless support and love.

My dad and sister also share in taking care of my children when needed and taking me to doctor appointments.

My husband was a gift from God. Since I have always had migraines, he has never known me without them. He promised to love me in sickness and health and he has been true to his word every day!

I feel guilty for how much I rely on and put my family through, but they don't see it that way. They love me as I love them and the support has made my quality of life so amazing.

I have lost friends over the years but have a solid base of friends who understand and support me in their own ways. Surrounding myself with positive people who I don't feel guilty about canceling plans with has been a process. Quality over quantity in my life has made me feel secure and confident.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

My children! My body and head have let me down so much over the years, but being able to have two healthy children made me value myself for everything I am.

Being a mom is my best and most important job. Even on my sick days, I know I'm a good mom and I'm so proud of that!

What accomplishment are you proud of?

My children! My body and head have let me down so much over the years, but being able to have two healthy children made me value myself for everything I am.

Being a mom is my best and most important job. Even on my sick days, I know I'm a good mom and I'm so proud of that!

My family is my rock.

My family is my rock.

What's your advice to someone else living with Migraines?

It's a journey. I used to think I would go to the doctor, get a medication and be cured. There is no cure. It evolves and changes as you do, so take it all in stride.

Live a healthy lifestyle and get a good doctor. You need both! It's balance and only you know what makes you feel better or worse. You aren't alone!

Being a mom is my best and most important job.

Is there anything else we should know?

I write a migraine blog. Please visit and share with everyone. You never know who is suffering inside.

I recommend it to not only those who suffer, but to spouses, friends, family, co-workers and more. It is meant to teach, advocate, give support and help. A better understanding for everyone will only ease in navigating this horrible disease.

About Sarah Rathsack

My Story: Sarah Rathsack

My name is Sarah. I am a chronic migraine and headache sufferer.

I am a stay-at-home mom of two and wife to an amazing man. I have suffered tremendously since I was five and it has shaped the person I am today.

I was episodic for years and have memories of migraines at every stage of my life. Around the time I taught in severe special education, I turned chronic. The stress with work, time, environment, diet, sleep, and more seemed to put me in a constant migraine.

I have run the gamut on medications, procedures, natural treatments and lifestyle changes. I now understand that my migraines are a disease and that it is a lot of hard work to maintain.

I use a combination of therapies to try to find a balance. It affects everything I do and I am constantly searching for things that will help me feel better.

Knowledge and support have helped me and I hope to do the same for you. Thanks for reading and please pass this along to anyone you feel may need it.

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