The Migraine Mafia

April 30, 2019

The Migraine Mafia by Maia Sepp

If you or a loved one suffers from migraines, or you simply would like to know more about what it’s like to live with migraines, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Sepp has a charming style, similar to Robin Sloan of Sourdough and Mr Penumbra fame, weaving an interesting and engrossing tale of a woman suffering migraines while trying to succeed at a tech company.

Viive (pronounced Viva) is a 30 something computer engineer who has suffered migraines since she was a child. She has been through the gamut of treatments, and does her best to function very highly despite frequent debilitating pain. Recently her migraines have been getting worse, however, and her boss forces her to take some time off to try to get them under better control. While she’s gone, a new employee begins jockeying for the same promotion Viive is about to receive. Viive’s doctor refers her to a migraine support group called The Migraine Mafia and there she finds a camaraderie she’s never known before where others actually understand her headaches. 


I am a frequent migraine sufferer myself, and I so appreciated Sepp’s thorough descriptions of what one feels like and the coping mechanisms sufferers employ, as well as the frustration of going through treatment after treatment to no avail. She beautifully described the frustration, guilt, and sadness that migraine sufferers feel for what their families have to put up with when they are ill, and the gratitude they feel for help given. Please be patient with the migraneur in your life. Know that if they could just take two Tylenol and get out of bed and will themselves better, they would. Know that they fully want to be healthy.

Here are some of my migraine survival items- meds, candy, water, special glasses that help filter out certain wavelengths of light, and my Kindle. I have my first appointment with an acupuncturist this week to try to help my migraines, and I’m both hopeful and anxious about it. Send good wishes my way. 

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