Choosing to be in pain isn't an easy choice. It's the impossible choice, made only slightly easier for me by the fact that the medication didn't ever completely take the pain away for me.
I am 30 years old, I've had TN for over 6 years, I volunteer for the TNA UK and I've never actually met anyone face to face who also lives with trigeminal neuralgia.
October 7th 2021 is Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day 2021; the world is lighting up in teal and I have amassed 50 thousand readers.
I'm not inspirational. I'm just sharing my journey.
One day, I will wake up again and the pain will hit me literally square in the face and I am right back to where I started.
If you are in a trigeminal neuralgia flare up, or attack, that is not managed by your medication at home and you feel like you cannot cope, you might find yourself considering attending A&E.
It's challenging enough to bring a newborn baby home from the hospital, especially when it's your first child. Throw into the mix that my little girl was born prematurely, that we were supposed to move house the week she was born and, finally, that I live with trigeminal neuralgia - and what you get is the toughest few months of my life!
Sometimes on a high pain week, I don't want to do a lot of chewing, so it's very tempting to stick to soups and yoghurt, but that isn't very exciting.