Jorie

 

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My Mantra: “Everything, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.”

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Hi, I’m Jordan (or Jorie for short)! The Migraine Mantras was a thought in the back of my mind for a long time that I finally developed in the summer of June 2016. It started as a solo personal blog detailing my life living with chronic migraines, mental illness, and other illnesses. While it still focuses on those things, it has expanded to include more stories, research, and more with other migraineur friends writing with me. It has become less about ME and more about the whole picture of chronic migraines, providing a spectrum of voices.

I have lived with chronic migraines since childhood and do everything in my power to put a positive spin on my condition: my mantra is a variation of “everything is a blessing in disguise,” which was the inspiration behind the name “The Migraine Mantras.” The word “mantra” comes from the Sanskrit meaning “a sacred message or text.” I believe everyone has a mantra that resonates within them and can help them get through tough times.

My intention for this blog is to spread awareness of migraine disorders and help erase the stigma attached to migraineurs, mental illness, and other chronic and invisible illness patients with a mindful approach. I enjoy writing about my experiences as well as communicating with and advocating for those with chronic or invisible illnesses. I aim to use this platform to inspire hope, encouragement, optimism, love, mindfulness, and to provide information on research and natural treatments.

By day, I work (thankfully with many accommodations) as a marketing, advertising, and media professional. I also love to freelance write, edit, and design on the side. To add to all that, one of my greatest pleasures is to volunteer for the non-profit, Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc. where I’ve forged wonderful friendships. CMA is an organization that strives to spread awareness, empowerment, and education in the chronic migraine community and beyond. I also am a contributor to the Spoonie Community on Instagram, where I document my day-to-day life living with chronic illness. You can follow me here.

Additionally, my own spiritual path has been an inspiration to me as I worked to create The Migraine Mantras, and one of the central values is to highlight the beauty in the journey of living with chronic and invisible illnesses. My struggles have become my foundation for strengthening my connection with my body, mind, and spirit. Meditation, mindfulness, and Pranic yoga are all huge coping mechanisms for me, as well as spending time in nature. Holistically, acupuncture and physical therapy have both given me immense relief.

Migraine has stolen many of life’s most precious moments and milestones from me, but it has given me gifts as well. Patience. Compassion. Gratitude. Things I wouldn’t have had I not gone through the pain. As they say, “you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”

In my low-pain, low-symptom time, I enjoy writing, reading a good book, oil painting, being outdoors, shopping for antiques, and spending time with my friends and loved ones. I have called the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia home all my life, where I currently live with my wonderful fiancé, Trey, my mom who is one of my best friends in life, and my sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Kenzi.