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Disability Narratives

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Video clip: Susannah tries to avoid telling colleagues about her condition, as she worries they will not fully appreciate how she is feeling.

A lot less so. And in some ways, I kind of - I don't know I. Particularly when it was really severe – and, and in terms of the severity, I've avoided telling them. I think partly because a lot of people have experience of migraines, in the sense of either they've had them or they know somebody that's had them. But their experience of them is, you know, a headache every now and then. I kind of felt I didn't want to make a big deal of something that might sound like it was unbelievable. You know, like - it doesn't sound believable that you'd be having a migraine, you know, four or five times a week. And, you know, it sounds insane. I mean, it sounds insane when it's happening [laughs]. I mean, it doesn't - you know - you, you read about it and it's like that that's not something that can even happen, like how would - how would you even function? And it is something that I've kind of tried to almost. It's not something I've tried to hide, almost, but just keep low key.

But yeah, it's - it's not something that I kind of deliberately don't make a big deal of it, because I kind of feel like I don't know how some people would, would respond to it. Like I know, I know most people would be sympathetic, but I also know that some people kind of see migraines as 'oh, it's just a headache'. Which it, which it isn't.