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So what’s my story I hear you say?
My name is Tracy Stedman. I was born in a small village in Kent, UK, in 1965. By the age of eleven I’d had my first migraine …
It started as a happy bright sunny day at the riding stables I worked for free rides, and ended with my Grandfather carrying me home. I was incapable of walking because the pavement rose and fell like a rough sea. It felt like the side of my head was hit with a sledgehammer and I felt so sick I though I would vomit any minute.
That was the start of my lifetime of migraines.
They continued through my teenage years, with regular bouts around period times, when I would have to retreat to a darkened room with a cold cloth over my eyes. I tried every over the counter migraine remedy and even some heavy duty ones prescribed by my GP. All they seemed to do was make me feel tired, spacey and lethargic – unable to do anything anyway.
Then at around the age of twenty-two, I irrupted in adult acne. Oh joy! Life just got better and better. That was when the mood swings and depression became noticeable too.
A mild intolerance to sugar was diagnosed around that time, but I was assured that everything would even itself out when I had kids.
At twenty-seven I had my first child, but the migraines didn’t stop, instead, they were accompanied by severe dizzy spells that would last for hours. Two and a half years of post natal depression followed.
Year after year I got lower and lower – diminished ambition, diminished happiness, diminished self-esteem. By my thirties I had two kids and just accepted that this was my life and would just resign myself to at least five days out of every month to be written off – on a bad one – ten.
The worst thing was insidious and unseen by all my friends and family – the deepening depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I just couldn’t see any way out of the trap.
All the while I was assured; don’t worry, when you reach menopause it will all go away.
Then at forty-four things got even worse. The migraines hyped up in severity and duration – some lasting as long as seven days in a single episode. My life became intolerable. I suffered cluster headaches, Ice Pick headaches – You name it, I had it. For sixteen or more days out of every month I was out of action.
I was angry and hateful. I became introverted and paranoid. I put on two stone in weight. I became convinced I had a life threatening disease that I wanted to hurry up and kill me and put me out of my misery.
During that terrible time my health history became ridiculous.
I saw a Gynecologist – Who gave me the Mirena coil, then removed it again.
I saw a Gastroenterologist – Who tested me for food intolerances and allergies.
I saw a Cardiologist – Who tested for any defect as palpitations always accompanied my migraines.
I saw three Neurologists – MRI’s, Brain scans.
Finally, the last one proscribed prophylactic propranolol and amitriptyline, which was the best result so far. The treatment lessened the migraines but didn’t get rid of them completely. There were times of the month when they would come whatever I did. They still marred my life.
By then, my marriage had broken up and I felt like an empty shell – the forgotten person. I simply was not the woman I was always meant to be.
But a weird transformation was starting to happen. My thinking started to change very slowly.
I kept diaries of what I did, what I ate, what I thought.
I started to write poetry of how I felt, and I hadn’t had the concentration to do that in years.
I took all the precautionary measures with foods and lifestyle habits.
And yet the migraines still came.
Somehow, through it all, I was convinced that they were connected to me being a woman. My mother had had them. My Grandmother did too. I was convinced they had to be due to hormones.
With my life and my kids in pieces. No job, no hope and no money, I had to do something drastic. I scraped the money together to see an Endocrinologist with a specialty in Diabetes.
I nervously went in and described what I thought were all my symptoms over all the unhappy, unhealthy years.
Then he asked – Did I suffer bloating? …. Yes!
Dizzy spells? … Yes!
Feeling faint, weak and shaky? …Yes!
Then he very matter of fact told me that my problem was my diet and that he could fix it. I thought, Yeah right! I had struggled all those years and he could fix it just like that? But he was confident and I had nothing to lose.
He put me on a strict, no sugar, very low carb diet to continue with my existing prophylactic medication, and all the precautionary measures that I already lived my life by.
It was then everything began to change. With the diet recommendations I began to eat differently. I became totally in tune with my body, trialing small things one at a time, so I could stop at the first hint of a migraine.
I began reading book after book, self-improvement and fiction. My appetite was voracious. I started riding and walking my dogs. And I had ideas – loads of them.
I started to believe that I could actually write a book!
Today, my life is so different. I weigh two stones less than I did at that time. I work part time so I interact with other people and not be too reclusive. I have written four Dark Romance fiction novels (see www.tstedman.com), I write this blog, and have my new little house.
I learned that to be proactive stopped making me feel hopeless. That the more in control of my situation I was, the more it gave me a sense of purpose – The stronger I got, the happier I got. And I realized that the depression cloud I’d lived under for so long was finally lifting.
My kids are happier and healthier. My daughter who suffers migraines too, has the example of a mum who got off her ass and did something about what she didn’t like. I went after my dream of being a writer. I had the opportunity to show her; if I can do it, then any one with a bit of hard work and determination can. I wanted her so much to believe in that.
I want all of this to happen for you too!
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