Migraine minority

danni dwyer UK

Danni's Story

Bolton, UK

Age: 25-36

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Chronic migraine, constant headache, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, fatigue

Time to Get Diagnosed

2 years

Year I was Diagnosed

2009

Sending Love to

Dr M Ghardri-Sani

Hospital I'd Recommend

Walton neuro centre

This is my story:

Around 2007 I woke up to get ready for school and complained to my mum about a headache, over 10 years later that headache still hasn’t gone away; then around 6 months later the migraines started, piling pain onto something that was already draining me at such a young age. Years on from this many, MANY, failed medications inc. botox injections, I was recieving occipital nerve blocks and the specialist nurse explained to me why I was having so many issues, in the most basic rewording, he told me my pain was odd because in unexplainable and unmanageable which is rare. Now years on from that conversation I am receiving Ajovy injections and after the 1st month of being on it I have noticed an improvement, don’t get me wrong I am in no way cured and even as writing this a migraine is very present and I am not allowed ANY pain medication to help, but at the same time I am experiencing more mild/moderate pain days than severe. There is a faint light starting to appear at the end of the very long tunnel I’ve been walking down and it’s comforting.

Since a young age I’ve so battled depression and anxiety, this included self harm and even suicide attempts, I stopped “activities” for years however in 2020 a sexual assault plummeted me back down a very dark hole that I am finally starting to climb out of. It’s also being questioned if the assault has triggered other mental health issues but for now that’s undecided.

Despite the chronic illness and mental health card I was dealt, I am now 25, have a BSc in sociology and criminology from Salford University, am engaged and set to marry (3rd time lucky – thanks covid) in April 2021 and have the cutest little dog.

Life is never perfect but goodness can be found, sometimes it’s just hard and I’m still, and probably will always be, learning this and manoeuvring through life keeping it in mind.

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Sun Queen - Gerry Cinnamon
I never leave home without my:
Sunglasses
My go-to feel better movie is: 
Lilo & Stitch
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Brendon Urie
When I need to relax, I:
Cuddle up with soft blankets
My favorite food is:
Shepards pie
The quote that keeps me going is:
Believe what you want to get you through life but don't force it upon me
When I need a laugh, I:
Watch Jacksepticeye
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
My dog is called Basil, rescued Dec 2019
My hero is:
My mum
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
Disney
My favorite book to get lost in is:
John dies at the end
I want to be best friends with:
The thing I’m most proud of:
Getting my degree
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
Meeting one of my closest friends
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Sounds cheesy but sticks around despite the crap
My favorite social media account to follow is:
Dave_tvchannel
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
This will seemingly ruin your life but just wait
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
You're stronger than you can ever believe you are
Follow my journey: Instagram - @dannidwyer

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