Daisy Swaffer said that she thought she was going to die when she first had a migraine in 2009
A brave Yorkshire woman has revealed how constant chronic migraines made her feel like she was going to die and have resulted in her having to quit her job.
Daisy Swaffer, 42, has suffered with migraines for the last 13 years and it has had a huge impact on her life, to the point she had to leave her job in IT. Symptoms of a migraine attack include headache, nausea, visual disturbances and dizziness.
Daisy, from York, is now raising awareness of the debilitating condition and will be taking on the Coast to Coast walk to help other people living with migraines. In just 20 days, she plans to walk an epic 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay to raise funds for The Migraine Trust, a charity that helps people with migraine.
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Daisy said: “Migraines started for me when I was 29, in 2009, after a period of intense stress. I'd always had headaches before then but I really wasn't prepared for what migraine would be like and the first time it happened, I thought I was having a brain haemorrhage or something, I thought I was going to die. I tried everything there was to try but my migraines only worsened. Sadly I had to leave my job in IT and stop working altogether in 2017. Stopping work has helped me although in no way has it cured my migraine."
She said that she is taking on the challenge because walking has helped her deal with her migraine and The Migraine Trust has been "invaluable" in helping her cope with the disorder. Her epic journey will see her travel from St Bees in Cumbria, across three national parks of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and on to the east coast at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.
Thanking Daisy for her support, Rob Music, chief executive of The Migraine Trust, said: “We are in awe and so grateful to Daisy for taking on this challenge to help people affected by migraine. Daisy is an inspiration and, as she herself knows, migraine is debilitating and painful and affects many aspects of a person’s life.
“Not only is Daisy raising vital funds that will help support our work and those affected by migraine, she is also raising awareness of this often misunderstood brain disease."
To support Daisy’s fundraising for The Migraine Trust visit her fundraising page here. If you would like information about migraine and how The Migraine Trust can help you manage it, or how you can support the charity, go to migrainetrust.org.
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