‘ I’m terrified for my children’
BONDI mum Emily Lawrence Gazal says migraines make her feel like the “family ghost”.
“Instead of being the heart of the home, I’m watching from the outside, I’m like a ghost. I’m there but I have to miss things like picking up and dropping off at school and making dinner because I’m too sick,” the freelance writer told The Sunday Telegraph.
The 44-year-old mother of three says she has a headache most days and often has really bad ones that leave her bedridden for three days.
She’s tried multiple medications, prevention medicine, vitamin supplements, dietary changes and exercise to control the condition to no avail.
“The fact that all the painkillers are addictive and cause more headaches is pretty bad,” she said.
She’s terrified the treatments she’s taken have damaged her brain and is distraught that two of her young children have also developed migraines.
“GPs know nothing about it,” she said. “You don’t talk about it, the pain doesn’t go away, but people don’t want to hear you complaining about pain year after year.
“I’m terrified for my kids, the things they won’t be able to do in life because of migraines.
“Five years ago a neurologist turned me away. He said he’d tried everything on me and nothing had worked. It was devastating.”
Bondi’s Emily Lawrence Gazal with her three children Xander, 12, Tresi, 10, and Milo, 8. Picture: David Swift