Welcome Jane!, Introduction – I’m still myself

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Lacuna Loft is excited to start introducing some guest bloggers!  These great folks represent a variety of perspectives on the myriad of topics covered here at Lacuna Loft.  Before everyone starts really getting into the nitty-gritty of all they have to say, we wanted to introduce them a bit.  Without further ado, here is Jane!

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My name is Jane, and I am a migraineur – a sufferer of migraines.  From a practical point of view, my migraines have put my career on hold, disrupted my social life, and constricted my world.  From a more philosophical one, they have challenged my sense of identity.  Am I an academic if I haven’t worked in three years?  Am I a traveler and adventurer despite being frequently homebound?  If I define myself by how I spend my time, and by what I do, then I am a migraineur, and an expert one at that.  My headaches are essentially a full-time job.

But I don’t want my disease to be my identity.  I do not “do” migraines, at least not voluntarily; this isn’t a choice I have made or a life I have pursued.  So let me introduce myself again.  My name is Jane, and I am an engineer.  I am a writer.  I am a thinker and a dreamer, a reader and a dog-walker, a novice runner and enthusiast for hand-written letters.  I am an occasional traveler, a lover of silly jokes, and a blogger at Lacuna Loft.

According to 19th century quackery, my migraines are strongly linked to the locution area of my brain.

According to 19th century quackery, my migraines are strongly linked to the locution area of my brain.

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