Recently I was contacted by Alison Wiltzius because she wanted to send me a copy of her new book, Mama Has a Migraine. At first, I was excited because I’ve tried to write reviews of migraine products, but it’s very difficult to have a company send you a product to try for free! Secondly, when I saw the name of the book and it was exactly the type of book I had written and was working on illustrations I was upset. I mean the name is almost identical. It’s hard to see when someone else has a similar idea that you did and manages to beat you to the punch and do such a great job at it too.
Mama has a Migraine is a children’s book for 4-7-year-olds. It’s beautifully illustrated and written book and quite honestly, better than what I had written! It explains chronic migraine to children in language that they understand. I read it alone and then I read it together with my 6-year-old daughter. She asked me if some of the things in the book had happened to me, such as getting an MRI and getting stomachaches. This sparked a conversation between us where she asked me questions about my migraine and what she could do to help. Now when I get a migraine, which I did for about 6-7 days last week, she was so sweet and helpful. I mean, she always was but she was more careful about being quiet, which is the one thing she has a very hard time doing!
Alison has written a very heartfelt book that I would love to give to some adults to read! Perhaps if more people read this book, more people would have empathy for the plight of us with Chronic Migraine. I highly recommend this book to anybody, but especially anybody who is a parent who suffers from migraine.