Migraine Awareness Month #25 Lincoln: Who’s your favourite historical figure who lived with Migraine or another Headache Disorder?

I’m hard-pressed to say which is my favourite. The philosopher in me really has a fondness for Friedrich Nietzsche. But I also really enjoy the imagery of Vincent Van Gogh.

Now, Nietzsche, I have read quite a bit of and I enjoy his writing immensely. I had no idea he had migraines… would make sense if he was plagued with them chronically because there is something very much like a person fighting an endless battle with himself that he cannot win. However, just migraines I imagine were bad enough when treatment was quite a bit different then. There can be no doubt the man was brilliant and an excellent writer. You don’t necessarily get that combo often in a philosopher by the way…  brilliant sometimes, an excellent writer, not often… more cumbersome would be the word. I do not always agree with Nietzsche’s theories but I always enjoy reading him and sometimes I find him very profound. People have used his theories to pump up their own belief systems numerous times even when they are seriously stretching what he actually meant. But you can get a lot out of his works that is for sure, different things at different times or a little more each time. People still love to quote him today and here are some common ones..

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” 
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” 
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” 
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”


Vincent Van Gogh has a presence to his artwork. A vividness and at times very tormented. And I get that. I really didn’t like him when I was younger… very much appreciated artists that were very precise and painted something that looked very much what it was, the more specific detail the better. But of course with all my auras, the persistent migraine auras, my perception of reality has become a rather different sort of thing and when I find artists that reflect That reality I like it. And when that artist also is so vivid with his colour choices and his strokes are so deep… makes it deeper to me. So I have quite an appreciation for him that I never did before.

June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.


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