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It was the big day, a day that I had worked so hard to get to. All the hours I spent in the gym, all the hours I spent on the practice field were about to pay off this Saturday afternoon. Or at least I thought…
From the time I was five, I loved football. I loved playing catch outside with my dad and I loved watching the games with him on the weekends (This is something that I am lucky enough to do with my own kids).
When I turned eight, I played on my first team. From that day on, I was hooked on the sport. I worked hard and always pushed myself to be the best I could. In high school, the work had payed off. I was one of the four captains on the team and won several other honors.
High school football wasn’t the end of my football career. I was fortunate enough to get recruited to play in college. However, my strong work ethic in high school didn’t quite prepare me. College was a whole different level. It required a lot more time in the gym, watching film, studying playbooks, and pushing a lot harder on the practice field.
As training camp was coming to a close, I had moved up to the starring rotation. I was so excited to make the call to my parents and to Becky to let everyone know that I would be a starter in my first collegiate game. It was a big accomplishment for sure, and no one wanted to miss out. My whole family as well as Becky’s family decided to take the three hour trip to watch me play.
This was it, the big day. I woke up had breakfast and did my game day ritual by heading up to the field early just to walk on the field to gather my thoughts before the game. This was something I did before every game since I was in middle school. As I was heading off the field towards the locker room, I knew something was not right.
Unfortunately, what I was feeling was something that had been with me since I was six years old, and something my Mom also suffered from. It was getting a Migraine.
Game time was in two hours, and I couldn’t believe that this was happening. It was my first college game, and I was going to be a starter. The way I was feeling, there is no way I was going to be able to put on a helmet and play a football game. However, over the years in dealing with migraines, I make sure that I am prepared to tackle them (no pun intended).
Before I left for college, my Mom made me an emergency kit that I kept in my car, in case I ever got a migraine. The pack included everything I needed to help cope or help to get rid of the migraine and its symptoms. Once again, Mother knows best and by being prepared I was able to keep my role as a starter.
Today, I still keep an emergency pack in both of our vehicles, and one in the house. All of these items can be found at your local Walmart.
As you can see my emergency pack includes:
an ice pack
a soft granola/candy bar
and Excedrin® Migraine.
*Remember when taking Excedrin® Migraine, to Use as Directed and to Consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines.
Now, I keep these kits in our cars and one in our house. If you’re like me, your migraine demands a migraine solution: Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes. #1 Neurologist Recommended* So now it doesn’t matter if I’m away from home, I can tackle them when they first start, because I trust Excedrin® for fast headache relief.
Unfortunately today, I still suffer from chronic migraines, just like my Mom. My big moment almost didn’t happen and it was on the verge of being ruined by a migraine. However, I had Excedrin® Migraine with me the day of the big game and I still trust Excedrin® Tension Headache for fast tension-type headache relief today. I like to think I was the MVP of the game, but if I didn’t have Excedrin® Migraine, none of it would have been possible.
*Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016