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Video clip: Amongst other changes, Susannah needed to adapt her work-life balance to help control her migraines.

And then they became very frequent, and they went into something called chronic migraine. Which is when you have effectively more than every other day migraines. So they, they define it as more than fifteen in a month, which is - that's like more than every other day. Which, you know, you don't need to be a genius to figure out that that's going to be really disruptive to your life. And I was in that, that kind of situation for going on twelve to eighteen months, and working through that - through that situation. Which is obviously not [laugh], not a very easy thing to be doing.

They're now better controlled, but part of the way that I have to control them is I've had to change how I work. I've had to change my working hours, so I now work part time. I've had to have changes to my working environment. And also things like medication, and lifestyle changes. So it's kind of - although it's controlled, it's something that's always there, it's always in the back of your mind that you've got to do certain things to prevent it coming back to that level. And I'm not migraine-free, I still have - have the migraines, I still have to manage that intrusion into my, into my life, and into my work life. So that's the kind of main, main one that, that I kind of have to manage with.