Veronica With Four Eyes

Tag: migraines

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

Dear Chiari Malformation, You came into my life six years ago now, when I suddenly developed a constant pain in the back of my head. I was a freshman in high school, and coincidentally it was Chiari Malformation Awareness Month, but I didn’t know that- […]

How I’m Managing My Back Pain This Semester

How I’m Managing My Back Pain This Semester

I have a chronic illness called Chiari Malformation (read more about that here) that causes chronic pain all over my body, focusing on my back, shoulders, neck, and head. Back pain is fairly common for college students, so I decided to put together a list […]

How I Explain Chiari Malformation

How I Explain Chiari Malformation

Before I get to today’s post, I have been working on a redesign of my website the last few days that incorporates easier navigation, more pictures, and the color purple, for Chiari Malformation and migraine awareness. ¬†While a lot of things are looking great, I’m […]

No Strobing Items At Check-Out

No Strobing Items At Check-Out

My mom and I were walking to the check out area at a popular chain retailer when suddenly, it seemed like strobe lights popped out of nowhere. The store was selling rapidly strobing fidget spinners, which were all flashing asynchronously, and at a high frequency, […]

Photosensitivity in the Classroom

Photosensitivity in the Classroom

This post is dedicated to Mr. S, who will never see a flashing light or a light switch the same way again. In November 2011, two months into my freshman year of high school, I began getting chronic migraines, with one of the triggers being […]

Medical Emergencies in College

Medical Emergencies in College

One night in November during my freshman year, I was talking to my friend in a different time zone when suddenly, I felt like I was about to black out. There was blinding pain in my abdomen that made it feel like I had gone […]

Virtual Classes in High School

At both high schools I attended, teachers often took a pencil-and-paper approach to learning. It was common for teachers to have students complete paper worksheets, take handwritten notes, and read out of textbooks. Any sighting of technology in the classroom was rare, minus the occasional […]

Ten “Weird” Things I Brought to College

Ten “Weird” Things I Brought to College

As a student with low vision and chronic illness, my dorm room looks a little different than a typical room. I live in a single room, meaning I have no roommate, and share a bathroom with one to three people, as opposed to with the […]

Life with Chronic Migraines

Life with Chronic Migraines

The year is 2011, but I’m in too much pain to remember that at the moment. I’ve forgotten a lot of things- my own name, the name of my cat, what town I lived in, and who the president is. All I can sense is […]

My College Bed

My College Bed

When I was shopping in preparation for freshman move-in, one of the main things I focused on was my bed.  I have Chiari Malformation, which causes severe back and neck pain, as well as chronic migraines that can only be treated with sleep, so I […]