Manhattan Woman, Who Suffers From Migraines, Gets Wedding Do-Over

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– A Manhattan woman is getting a wedding do-over for free after her first time around was ruined by a chronic migraine.

Danielle Mills was married three years ago and while she looked happy in the photos, she was suffering from a crushing migraine headache.

“The migraine lasted 72 hours throughout the whole wedding weekend,” Mills told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu.

The intense pain had her in tears.

“Sometimes when I cry, it makes the migraine worse and, unfortunately, I had to go back to bed for two hours. My bridesmaids, my mother and my sister had all gone down to get their hair done and get ready for the wedding,” she said.

Mills is one of the winners of the “Re-write Your Day” campaign, where special events that were ruined by a migraine are recreated.

It was open to those who suffer from chronic migraines, which means the intense headaches hit at least 15 days a month.

“For women it’s the 12th most disabling condition worldwide, and that includes cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases,” said Dr. Susan Broner of the Manhattan Headache Center.

Millions of people suffer from migraines and many go misdiagnosed. Dr. Broner said most suffer in silence.

“They feel like they can’t tell other people about their migraines. They feel they have to work through and power through their migraines and in some ways it’s an invisible disease,” Broner said.

As far as what causes migraines, Dr. Broner said they’re hereditary but there are lots of different triggers that can make them even worse, such as changes in weather, especially now, with allergy season.

Mills will have her wedding re-do next week.

Do you suffer from chronic migraines?  Let us know in the comments section below…

  • Elle

    I used to get 10-15 migraines a month devastating to my work. social and academic life. I would be so dizzy, nauseated and sick I could hardly stand and the pain was unbearable. I tried every drug on the market. Only Topamax worked but side effects were pretty bad. I’ve learned to manage them pretty well with a careful diet to avoid triggers, lots of yoga and exercise, magnesium for migraines (my neurologist told me this helps reduce frequency) and getting enough rest. I get about one a month now. Take care of yourself people- avoid stress, eat right, sleep, exercise and take your vitamins.

  • ed

    I have chronic headaches. But i get Botox shots to sort of prevent them. I have gotten them for about a year, and they work. I also take celebrex.

  • lieutenantdan

    I have suffered since I was 5. Seeing an appropriate doctor helps because of the meds that are now available. My grandfather suffered from headaches but it was said his headaches were from being gassed in the trenches of France during WWI.
    Many men suffer as well as women but I believe that men do not look for help like women do.

  • Nicole Wilson

    I have migraine headaches 25-28 days per month. I “get thru” them but they have made it so I cannot do as much as is used to, therefore, we will most likely be losing our home to foreclosure since I haven’t been able to work like I used to before they really started to ramp up. We have 2 children and I make it to all of their functions and have them home raising them but it is so very difficult. I see my neurologist every other month but I’ve been struggling with this for almost 10 years. I pray for freedom from the pain one day.

  • sick of it all

    I guess Kathleen works nights !

  • sick of it all

    Must have been a great Honeymoon, ” sweetheart I’m not in the mood, I have a MIGRAINE” !

  • DanTe

    So why is she spawning? Stop the cycle of genetic defects.

    • Rachel

      Everyone’s got genetic defects. In your case it’s your intelligence.

      • sick of it all

        I hope you went back to sleep Rachel………..

  • Rachel

    For those of you who are chronic migraine sufferers, make sure to see a neurologist who specializes in migraines or headaches, it makes all the difference. I’ve had migraine since I was 11, and currently take preventatives to reduce my occurrences.

  • NurseDee

    I see my neurologist twice a year for my migraines – saw her yesterday, and she just changed my medication, again! I’m 61 and have been suffering from them since age 14. I have missed many occasions throught the years from these horrible headaches.

  • Very conservative

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Magret

    I went to the doctor in the article! She’s really great. Kathleen, consider seeing a specialist.

  • katheen

    Migraines ruined my career and have stolen many days from me. They mostly come on at night, waking me out of a sound sleep. Medicine helps to some degree but makes you very sleepy and your heart rhythm skips around.

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