2018 #MyMigraineStory Scholarship Contest Winners Announced | Axon Optics

2018 #MyMigraineStory Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

They say everyone has at least one story in them.

Have you ever thought about what yours might be?

We asked migraineurs to tell us their story – their migraine story – for our annual #MyMigraineStory scholarship contest.

And the responses just kept rolling in.

Students shared their migraine stories in the form of visual art, videos, music, and writing. They expressed the pain and difficulty of living with a chronic illness.

They also shared hope.

Every Migraine Story is Unique

While each type of migraine has its own set of symptoms, each person has his or her own unique migraine experience. Some may feel like they are two different people – one without migraine and someone completely different when the pain takes over. Others feel tortured by their migraine pain, that it touches every part of their lives and then there are the ones who find a stronger, smarter version of themselves through the pain.

Each entry caught our hearts a little more as the contestants bared themselves and shared their stories. To all our contestants, your stories were powerful, moving, and inspirational. You are all heroes in our book, moving forward, powering through the pain. Hold on to that.

2018 #MyMigraineStory Winners Chosen

This year we had 130 entries in our contest, representing majors ranging from nursing to civil engineer to elementary education. We pored over the entries, looking for sincerity, originality, and of course, creativity. We looked for compelling stories that showed how they coped with their migraine pain and how they were rising above it to truly live.

Our first place winner received a $1,000 scholarship.

It wasn’t easy, but we found our winners. Here they are, the winners of the 2018 #MyMigraineStory competition:

First Place Winner of the $1,000 Scholarship
Rebekah W.       
Major: Fine Arts  


2nd  $100 Scholarship
Nuo Yan             
Major: Studio Art


3rd  $100 Scholarship   
Isabelle McIntyre    
Major: Undeclared

Dear Light Sensitivity,

Ever since you showed up because of my other eye complications I’ve developed some problems with you. Honestly, you’re no fun at all. I don’t like you, quite frankly, but I am forced to put up with you. I hate it when you cause me feel self-conscious about having to wear a hat and sunglasses everywhere I go, no matter if it’s sunny or cloudy or when I have to wear transition glasses that make me feel like a grandma.

I despise having to look down at the ground because you physically won’t allow me look up at my surroundings because it hurts too much. I have to depend on other to direct me places because of you.

The worst of all of this is that you never truly leave. You might disappear for awhile, but then you come back stronger and harder. I can never escape you. But, as much as I don’t enjoy you, Light Sensitivity, I have to thank you.

Thank you for making me realize how strong I really am and how much I can truly take. I appreciate the sense of support from my friends and family you have helped me feel. Thank you for helping me realize my own self-determination in beating you, once and for all. So, even though I can’t stand the thought of you, you’ve taught me some things about myself and others that I’ll never forget. Thanks.

Isabelle M

2019 #MyMigraineStory Competition is Gearing Up!

We’re getting ready to start accepting applications for the 2019 #MyMigraineStory Contest, so be on the lookout for announcements in the coming weeks. You can also follow us on social media to get the most current information on the contest and other upcoming events.

You can also sign up for the Axon Optics Newsletter.

Want to share your migraine story and take a chance on winning a $1,000 scholarship? Visit the contest page for all the details.

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