Migraine Journey Wednesdays (Vol.4 - Kassidy Holtzman)

Hi, my name is Kassidy Holtzman, I live in North Carolina and I’m 21. 

I’m currently a student at Vance Granville Community College pursuing my Simulation & Game Development - Associate Science Degree. 

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My Family’s History with Migraines

I have had migraines since around middle school, so I’ve probably had them since age 11 & up. My migraines are more of genetic since my mom has them too. Lucky my sister didn’t get them (migraines occasionally headaches).

When I first had migraines I didn’t realize what it was until I had the intense nausea & not being able to stand especially bright light (light sensitivity). I have been with my paediatric specialist since the start of my migraines until I finally turned 21 (in the picture above).

My Triggers & Symptoms

My triggers were mostly stress-related which was what they thought it was, but mostly it was considered to be what I believe they called “idiopathy”, which also means  “unknown”.

The People Around Me 

The people around me are relatively supportive and understanding. I did however have a teacher during middle school mid year who told me that they allegedly had migraines and I was just being overly dramatic. I don’t think she realized how severe mine could get, to the point that I was once out of school for a week.

My pets(two cats) which are considered like family to me snuggle up with me when I get a migraine. I think they can sense when I have one, which is cool.

The Effects of Migraines on My Life 

It all depends on the intensity. Sometimes I’m actually only nauseous and I can function, but the moment I start the actual process of throwing up, I have to take time off because it makes me sluggish and it feels like I’m dying. 

What I’ve Tried 

I normally stay in a dark room with a rag, trash can, and my migraine medications. I’m on Sumatriptan and Naratriptan.

On Days Things get Unbearable

I just go with the flow mostly because that’s all I can do. 

Some Advice for My Fellow Migraineurs

Don’t give up, you’re not alone and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I can’t wait to see other people’s stories/journeys!

Thank you, Kassidy, for stepping forward to share your migraine journey with everyone. If you would like to share your story and let your voice be heard like Kassidy, you may do so here: bit.ly/2rJcpMR  

With love, 

the Migraine Buddy team 💜 

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