The severe migraines started after radiation treatment for cancer of the sinuses and right eye, says Kate Moran. Although the cancer was cured, she was in severe pain all day, every day.
“I’ve never lived for a day, an hour, a minute or a second without migraine pain,” she recently recalled. “My migraines were a 9 or 10 on a pain scale from 1 to 10. I was unable to lead a life.”
Moran, of Hockessin, Delaware, said many health care providers had dismissed their pain – until eventually someone suggested seeing a migraine and headache specialist. She was diagnosed with chronic migraines and is now able to manage her illness and control the pain.
She has a comprehensive treatment plan that includes quarterly botox injections that have been shown to reduce the frequency of migraines. She also takes vitamins and uses stress relief techniques such as yoga and meditation.
Before she found treatment, she felt very alone with her symptoms, she said. “I felt like I was the only one suffering from migraines. You never hear of that. “
Moran is now a volunteer and support group coordinator for Miles for Migraine, an advocacy organization aiming to raise awareness of the condition. The group is hosting an event and fundraiser in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park on Saturday, October 2nd.