These 5 Influencers Are Saying No To Chronic Migraine

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Written by Courtney Kilian  |  September 14, 2020

For many, Chronic Migraine can derail a nine-to-five job. Have you ever had to leave work early because of a stomach ache or a pounding headache? Well imagine having 8 migraine days and 15 or more headache days a month, for more than three months, and that is living with Chronic Migraine. It is not “just a bad headache,” and that stigma leads too many people with Chronic Migraine to suffer through hiding their illness. And, with symptoms that can be all-consuming, such as nausea, vomiting, light and/or noise sensitivity, to name only a few, working with migraine disease is no easy obstacle. This challenging reality affects more than 3.3 million adults living in the U.S. alone.

However, Chronic Migraine doesn’t have to mean the end of the road when it comes to your career. Meet five inspiring individuals with Chronic Migraine who have found proper treatment so they can rock their non-traditional nine-to-fives by earning a living as influencers. They are saying no to Chronic Migraine, and are breaking the stigma cycle, sharing their experiences, and encouraging others to do the same.

Meet the influencers

1. Kate Austin, whose wedding The Knot named the most influential of 2020, posts about life with her fiancé and living a LGTBQ, vegan, and travel-centric lifestyle. She has lived with Chronic Migraine since she was younger than six years of age. For years she’s endured “the burden of the disease,” experiencing migraine attacks that can take as long as an entire week to subside. Instagram: @kateaustinn, Facebook: @kateaustinnn


2. Becca Ludlum, author, recipe creator, and nutrition coach lived with migraine attacks for more than 10 years before she saw a headache specialist and received a diagnosis. Instagram: @beccaludlum, Facebook: @MyCrazyGoodLife 


3. Melody Olander, whose work supports the chronic illness community, was told she suffered from mere headaches even though she would “spend days on end” in bed hoping that her migraine attack would subside.  Instagram: @Butyoudontlooksickofficial, Facebook: @Butudontlooksick


4. Ty Alexander is no stranger to migraine disease, and although hers have not been diagnosed as chronic, she advocates for people to not ignore their symptoms or suffer in silence, which she did for years, and instead makes health a priority now. Instagram: @TyAlexander, Facebook: @lovetyalexander


5. Nicolette Mason, fashion and lifestyle blogger, experienced her first migraine attack at 12 and dealt with bad side effects from a medication that wasn’t the right fit for her throughout college. She’s fought against the stigmas that are attached to the illness including its invisibility and the common response that she’s “looking fine.” Instagram: @nicolettemason, Facebook: @NicoletteMasonBlog


How They Found Relief From Chronic Migraine

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Switching careers to where you can control your work hours and envionment, such as being an influencer, can help manage your migraine disease.

In addition to having migraine disease, these influencers have another thing in common: they saw a headache specialist who got them on track with Botox treatments. As part of a new campaign, led by AbbVie, surrounding Pain Awareness Month this September, they’re sharing their stories by participating in Say No to Chronic Migraine Monday in hopes that others will share their stories.

Like these influencers, just because you live with Chronic Migraine doesn’t mean you can’t have a fulfilling work experience and achieve your career goals. Explore the Migraine at Work site to discover resources for managing work and migraine disease. Learn how to mitigate potential triggers, how to request the accommodations you need, and how to initiate a positive conversation with your boss.

Often the journey to better health can be a combination of finding the right lifestyle, and the right headache specialist for you—one who knows this type of headache disorder inside out and will work with you to find the right treatment options to prevent and alleviate your number of migraine days. The American Migraine Foundation has a great resource for finding a headache specialist near you, so you can thrive in your career like these five strong women.

Fight Stigma and Share Your Migraine Story

If you suffer from frequent migraine attacks or Chronic Migraine tell us your story! Post your photo and share your experiences using the hashtag #chronicmigrainemonday. We’re fighting against stigmas and for treatment and resources together. The more of us who speak out about our daily Chronic Migraine experience, the stronger we’ll be in lifting each other up.


Allergan/AbbVie is a sponsor of but did not contribute to this post.