Update! [Sept. 2015]

 

Hello Everyone!

 

I apologize for the huge gap between posts but I will try to update you on what has been going on. So, I am in currently in my second week of my second year of pharmacy school (YAY). I finished my first year of professional school this past May and my GPA has never been higher than it is right now! I have gotten into a great routine, love my friends, and basically am having an awesome college experience.

 

Now, onto my headaches… I am currently training for a half marathon that is coming up on October 17th and I have been running almost every day. I have not had one of my headaches since I started training in July! This is a new record for me. I cannot remember a time in the past 6 years when I went more than a week without a horrible headache. In a way, I think I’m waiting for the shoe to drop. I’m hoping that if I continue to exercise every day that my streak will continue. I’m also really watching what I’m eating. I have to cook all my food myself now that I live in an apartment, so I know exactly what is going into everything that I eat. I think my eating habits coupled with the endorphins from my running are what have been helping me. I do notice on the days that I can’t run I get anxious and might have a twinge here or there. For the most part, though, I’m doing great.

 

This summer marks 4 years since I had my first surgery.

 

Looking back, would I still do it? Absolutely. It gave me the chance to have a real life.

 

Although I still sometimes struggle with sadness and anxiousness that stems from the years I spent trying to figure out what on Earth was wrong with me, I am thankful for my headaches. You have heard me say this a million times, but I am thankful. Without my headaches I would not have the drive to become a pharmacist. I would not have the experiences that I use to empathize with patients. I believe a person is the sum of their experiences. Without my experiences with my health, my family, and my friends I would not be the person I am today.

 

Six years ago when this journey started for me I didn’t think I would get to go to 4-year college or even survive to get my high school degree. Today, I have less than three years until I graduate with my doctorate.

 

As always, if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me through the website. If you have questions about the surgery, other options, or just need someone to talk to, please contact me. I’m glued to my phone and always check my email.

Edit: My surgeries were with Dr. Ducic at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC.  (DucicMD.com) If you need any info about them (they’re awesome!) or the surgery feel free to go to their website or you can always ask me!

-Dayna

 

P.S. Here are some photos of the past year! As I said before, I love my life!

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Dayna

One Comment

  1. Hello. I just came across your blog! It gives me hope! I am a mom of seven children and have been living with constant migraine pain for 7 years. My pain arrises from the back of my head, at the base, then spreads to temple, jaw and eye. The majority of my pain is on my left side, on occasion I get a severe headache directly over my right eye. I have been desperate and, like you, have tried so many different medications and therapies, all without significant result. I too was treated at Diamond Headache Clinic without result. I am desperate and depressed and need to get my life back! Thank you for sharing your story. I am so happy to hear that you have gotten your life back and are doing so well! I feel pain for anyone who has to deal with chronic, daily headache. I wish you the best of luck in life!!!

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