Hi, my name is Kim and, after having an ischaemic stroke at age 33 in 2006, I suffer from Chronic and Hemiplegic Migraine. Migraine is a very serious neurological condition which can have a severe impact on a person's normal daily life. Hemiplegic Migraine causes paralysis on one or both sides of the body and mimics the signs of stroke and it can, in some really serious cases, actually cause stroke.
Far from just taking a few painkillers and a lie down in a dark room, having a migraine and its various stages can take days, weeks or in some cases even months of your life. That’s in just one migraine alone, never mind chronic migraine or daily persistent headache which mean that some sufferers are very rarely pain free. Many of us can develop depression too as the impact it has on daily life and home life leaves us feeling guilty we cannot do the activities we wish we could do.I had to get medically retired from my job in 2014 and decided I needed to do something with my time that will help other people, so I began volunteering at The Brain Charity. I was having really bad migraines and wanted to look for a support group. I searched the internet for groups in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales but sadly I couldn’t find one, so I decided to set one up myself!