Art/Creativity, Chronic Migraine

How to Find Healing in a #Migraine

aura migraine

Pain can be overwhelming, a great fish that swallows us. The magnetic pull to shut down or turn to destructive means to find healing can be inundating. We feel as though we’re drowning without ever stepping into the water.

But to shut down is the easy answer.

Much harder is to discover our own method of healing, our own way of wrestling through the pain.

I receive multiple colored auras, which sometimes last for hours, before I am hit with the worst migraines. This means some sort of wave is traveling across my visual cortex. The sight of anything resembling an aura usually makes me nauseous.

Last week, I painted an aura migraine, or a colored scintillating scotoma, with acrylic.

The experience was healing. For once, I directed where the colors go. I dictated how much of my vision it seizes. And after a lifetime of surrendering, for one sweet moment I felt in control of my migraines.

Kind of nice being queen of the hill.

Let’s not give into the easy answers. Let’s strive to fight the good fight and finish the race together. Let’s search for healing even though the path is harder.

And maybe we’ll have another painting to show for it.

Related: A Little Encouragement for #Artists and Those in #Pain

15 thoughts on “How to Find Healing in a #Migraine”

  1. Abby Reed – I love this. I’m so happy that this painting was healing for you, and that the rest of us get to enjoy the outcome. Keep painting, woman!!!

  2. Hi, Abby! I just wanted to let you know I really liked your painting. I am sorry about your migraines- I don’t know what it is like. After seeing this painting I see what you see, in your migraines. The pairing is so professional! I thought it was like… Leonardo da Vinci! :) Keep it coming!

  3. Dear Abby – thank you for sharing, in words and picture, what you experience with the migraines. I have tried to imagine what an aura looks like, but i was way off. But isnt that true of someone who tries to empathize with a person who is suffering pain or tragedy with which the listener has no personal experience?
    Unless you’ve been through the same hell, you cant imagine how bad the reality is for the one dealing with it.
    I like this Winston Churchill quote: “When you find yourself in hell, keep going.”
    You are leading the troops, my precious warrior! Everyone who is carrying their own brand of chronic pain, suffering or illness can follow your lead to keep going.
    Dont allow it to bury you in the miry clay. “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
    Our wonderful, compassionate heavenly Father carries us through all life’s difficulties. This life isnt Paradise; its Boot Camp. And some people have larger crosses to bear than others. But God gives them the strength and perseverance to carry on when they put their trust in Him.

    1. Laurie, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful verse. Truly, it is perfect. Auras vary from person to person, so what you imagine may be true for someone else! Churchill is one of my favorite Brits, so that quote is perfect, too :) Sending you a virtual hug!

  4. I am humbled by how you so positively and courageously find your way in life carrying such a burden. You are beautiful and inspiring.

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