Before addressing the International Headache Congress (really?!) later this month, Cindy McCain is opening up about her 15 year secret struggle with migraines in hopes to inspire research.
Although it was once difficult to find the words for her pain, the Crypt Keeper tried to use a term she felt her once POW husband, John McCain, would understand.
“Torture,” said Cindy. “Being tied to a chair for four days. I can’t imagine how unbearable that pain must have been, but yeah, I can, because a migraine may come close.”
She downplayed her pain for years because she didn’t want to bother her family, along with keeping in mind John’s immense suffering during his five year captivity in Hanoi.
“There were times when I felt a little bit inadequate with my pain problem,” she admits. “But I had to get over that because I didn’t live in John’s shoes and he didn’t live in mine. He doesn’t always understand [migraines] but he knows they are real.”
Life in the McCain household must be just like his presidential campaign! You make one wrong move and you get a tirade about being a prisoner of war!
It also turns out that Cindy’s frail frame and designer glasses on the campaign trail were not an attempt to be a Stepford wife, but the result of how much she was suffering during that time.
“Some people gain weight during times of stress but I lose weight. I was way too thin,” she said of dropping down to 100 lbs. on her 5’7″ frame. “Whenever I had those huge dark glasses on, that was always a sign. Sunglasses are a migraine sufferer’s best friend.”
We’re no doctor, but injected botulism to the face probably doesn’t help!
[Image via WENN.]