Kate C. Thompson was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines — a rare condition that can cause paralysis and other serious neurological effects in addition to migraine symptoms — at the age of 14. At around 24 years old, her once-a-month migraines turned into chronic, daily pain that numerous medications, Botox, nerve blockers, and special diets couldn't help subside.
On Dec. 23, 2015 — a year or two after her doctors suggested that the hormones from a pregnancy could maybe "reset" her body — her chronic pain abruptly stopped. "I called my friend on my lunch break and told her I didn't know what was 'wrong,'" Kate wrote in a post on Facebook shared on the Love What Matters page. "I wasn't in pain. I hadn't been in pain. Her response was simple: 'I bet you're pregnant.' I took a home pregnancy test and sure enough I was."
At her first doctor's appointment, Kate and her husband found out they were having twins. Pretty soon after that, the couple began calling the twins "magical unicorn babies" because at seven months pregnant Kate still wasn't feeling any pain — and her doctor said she probably wouldn't have another migraine again.
On my birthday this year I underwent a c-section and delivered two healthy and wonderful baby girls. . . . Two months postpartum and I am STILL pain free. They gave me my life back. I no longer need a wheelchair for activities outside my home. I no longer have painful twitches in my arms, legs and head. My service dogs, who once were ready to catch me if I fell are now finding themselves with a lot of free time. At one time I only had thirteen pain free days over the course of three years. Next week I will celebrate three hundred days in a row pain free.
Magical unicorn babies, indeed.