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.