Katie M. Golden
Writer & Patient Advocate
About The Contributor
My personal mission is to "Live a Fulfilled Life with Chronic Migraine Pain." I work hard to have, what I consider, a pretty amazing life. It's not easy living life with chronic pain. Writing, story-telling, advocating and educating are important to me. The best thing about being part of a community that knows what you're going through is connecting with others on the level they are in their journey.
I worked for 15 years in the community banking industry before my episodic Migraines became a chronic, everyday occurrence in 2011. I was my company's youngest Vice President, specializing in commercial real estate financing. However, after several failed attempts to reverse the intractable migraine cycle, this disabling disease left me unable to return to my beloved job. I instinctively turned to writing, a hobby of mine that I can trace back to a second grade diary.
I needed a purpose after years of fighting for my health. I joined the writing team at Migraine.com in 2013 to share my new-found obstacles with the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines.
I've written about my experiences and spread education about migraine disease through Pain Pathways Magazine, The National Pain Report, Medium.com, American Massage Therapy Association, The INvisible Project, XOJane.com, The Mighty and now Healthy Women. I started my own blog, Golden Graine in January 2017.
I'm a member of the Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients, Headache and Migraine Policy Forum, American Headache and Migraine Alliance (AHMA), National Headache Foundation and a proud Ambassador and Advocate for the US Pain Foundation. I've been on several patient panels about "Patient Centered Clinical Trials," which is an area I want to help change the way pharmaceutical companies engage with the end user…us!
I participate in lobbying efforts to raise awareness for Migraine research through the Annual Headache on the Hill program. In October 2016, I met a lifetime goal of mine and ran a 5K for migraine research with the Miles for Migraine foundation. I've spoken to medical students at Johns Hopkins University about living with chronic pain and received the Annual Impact Award for my advocacy efforts in 2017 from the Association of Migraine Disorders.
A native of West Virginia, I moved in 2016 from Washington, DC to Santa Monica, CA, with my long-term boyfriend and amazing caregiver.
I get a high off the cathartic feeling of connecting with my body through yoga, which is normally rebelling against me. I believe in a balance of medication, self-healing measures such as yoga and deep-breathing, along with other alternative measures to manage my chronic disease. I'm willing to try cutting edge treatments, but believe in deep research before I decide to talk to my doctor about a new therapy.