Many People with Migraine Must Keep Caring for Kids During Attacks
Life doesn’t stop when you have a Migraine attack. Moms, dads, and workers around the world know that first-hand. This portrait clearly highlights the impact that Migraine has on family life, specifically.
The woman in the picture is constrained to the sofa, cradling her young child in her arms as the world spins around her (Migraine-related vertigo, anyone?). She is trapped, unable to do anything until the attack she is experiencing subsides.
Visual disturbance and aura can be very scary and can come on without any warning, (with or without a headache) and can take different forms, as shown in the image.
Through the use of pink and blue by the artist, we can see the zig-zags patterns, geometric shapes, and flashing lights that are often experienced as part of a Migraine attack. The image also highlights the unilateral aspect of attack as the visual aura is only occurring in the one eye.
The disabling nature of Migraine can make parents, including famous dads with Migraine, feel frustrated and unsupported. The burden can be especially great for new moms with Migraine who already have to cope with sleepless nights, tiredness, and multitasking.
Migraine impacts family life greatly, and the lack of understanding and support from others can leave people with Migraine feeling guilty for not being able to take part in family activities or functions. They would love to spend more time with their children and spouses, but the debilitating nature of this chronic condition does not allow them to do so.
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Love this artwork?
It’s part of The Migraine Action’s collection of original works by migraine sufferers in the UK, now part of The Migraine Trust. Collectively, these artists’ works give those who don’t suffer from migraines a glimpse into the emotional and physical experience of a migraine, and the challenges of living with a disabling invisible illness.
Updated May 2020