On Oct. 7, we told you about the Rewrite Your Day contest, a chance to have a day re-created that was lost to chronic migraine.
The first winner of the contest is Patrice Johnson, 31, an executive assistant and former Louisiana National Guard from Prairieville, LA. Read Patrice’s story below and find out how Mindy Weiss will rewrite her day this year.
Want to sign up for the contest? A total of 15 lucky winners will be chosen to have their day re-created starting this year and throughout 2012. Read our blog post to learn more how you can tell your story for a chance to win—but hurry, the contest closes December 30, 2011!
I’ve lived with chronic migraine for more than 15 years with frequent headaches that can last up to four days and are often accompanied by nausea, sweating and loss of my peripheral vision. My chronic migraine has impacted so many days of my life, but none more important than my wedding day in Jan. 2009.
I love to plan special events for my friends and family, as well as for the non-profit and community youth groups I support in my area. So, when it came to my wedding, I spent months perfecting every detail, including personally designing the centerpieces, selecting the colors and flavor of the cake, and spending hours writing my own vows to recite to my future husband.
The one thing that was out of my hands was the migraine I woke up with on my wedding day, which only worsened throughout the morning and left me in terrible pain. At the ceremony, the lights from the cameras flashing made it almost impossible to get down the aisle, and I rushed through my vows since the migraine made it difficult to read. I did my best to greet my guests and enjoy the reception, but I could barely pose for photos or eat the delicious food prepared by our cousin.
During our first dance, I could only put my head on my husband’s shoulder and sway from side to side; he knew I wasn’t able to move much more than that due to the debilitating headache and dizziness. I wish so much that we could have graced the dance floor the way we had envisioned, but chronic migraine doesn’t care that it’s your wedding day.
Now that I am seeing a headache specialist, my migraines are less frequent and more manageable. I am sharing my story to let other people like me know that they are not alone, and encourage them to see a specialist who can help diagnose and manage their chronic migraine.
I am so excited to work with Mindy Weiss, who has planned so many celebrity weddings, to renew my vows and make new, positive memories of my wedding with my husband. I can’t wait to read those vows with the emotion I had intended to convey on our wedding day and have my loved ones there to watch. I know Mindy will make me feel like the princess that I had always wanted to be, and I will finally have a wedding memory that doesn’t include chronic migraine.