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Chronic Daily Migraines

February 4th, 2014

You may have noticed that I’ve been rather absent since last summer. A post here and there and even my Facebook account has been rather neglected compared to years past. I’ve tried to put up a few photos or projects I’ve worked on but I’ll be honest, it’s been tough. And today, I’m here to tell you why…

I’ve had a headache.

Every.

Single.

Day.

For the past 6 months.

The Short Version of the Story

How it happened….
It came on suddenly. I actually thought it was new computer monitors we got at work. So I adjusted my work habits, the brightness¬†and my posture. Didn’t help. Every morning it came back. I tried relaxing more. Tried a couple Advils. Then a couple Tylenols. Didn’t make a dent (and never bothered with them again after that!). Same pain. Everywhere. Every. Single. Day. Peppermint Oil. Tiger Balm. Every day. Morning till night. Massaging the webbing between my thumb and finger. Eating differently. Napping more. A few sessions of acupuncture. 6 weeks later I’d tried everything I could think of and then some. No change. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. In fact, they got worse. They were averaging a 6 or 8/10 on a pain scale. Every day. Time to see the doctor.

The Diagnosis…
My doctor checked my blood pressure and it was 180/110 (not the end of the world, but it’s definitely not good for me). Then she gave me heck for not seeing her sooner. Long story short, I saw her an awful lot over the weeks to come along with a battery of tests, medications, lifestyle adjustments and visits to specialists to get to the bottom of this achy head of mine.

A couple of weeks ago I finally made it in to see a neurologist who diagnosed me with Chronic Daily Headaches > Chronic Migraines. (Duh!) We talked treatment options (1-High dose Magnesium/B2 supplements, 2 – Antiepileptic medication for long-term preventative treatment, 3 – both. After 6mths of exhausting chronic pain, I chose the aggressive option 3).

I’m a couple of weeks in to titrating the new med. The side effects are pretty heavy (make me sleepy, make me a little slow and a little clumsy amongst other random things: pop tastes awful, I drink more water, my face feels fuzzy and my fingers are tingly) and I won’t see results for a while. So,¬†I really hope it’s worth it. I just have to wait.

And now….
Here’s the tough part for me. The side effects can be overwhelming and unpredictable.

I have to take some time off from my portrait photography. (This includes the 2014 Family Day Sessions)

It took a lot of searching within and talking with my husband to come to this decision but the added expectations and pressure is not something I can take on right now. As a crisis counsellor (my f/t gig), I preach self-care, so I have to practise it, too.

From this point forward, I am taking a SICK LEAVE. I have finished booking clients and I will not be taking on any new clients, projects or assignments. Because I can’t guarantee how I’ll feel from one day to the next, it’s not fair to anyone until my health is more consistent. (Ugh. Tears in my eyes right now. This sucks!) Thank you all for understanding! I do have a list of fabulous local photographers if you need a referral, but do give me a little extra time to reply ;)

The Future…
I’ll be re-evaluating how I’m feeling every month or two so please stay tuned to my Facebook page for updates! I’m going to try to work on some personal projects instead to keep me busy and out of trouble! As always, I’m here if you have any questions or concerns!

Do you…
Or someone you know or love suffer from Chronic Migraines/Daily Headaches? Tell me about it! Especially tell me what works! I could use all of the support and encouragement I can get. It’s been an exhausting journey and sometimes I just want to bury my head under the blankets.

Family Day Mini Sessions 2014 – POSTPONED!

January 16th, 2014

Family Day Mini Sessions Toronto Lazy Daisy's Cafe Coxwell & Gerrard

Stay tuned! Details for the Family Day Mini Sessions at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe coming soon!

February 17, 2014 from 2pm-5:30pm

NOTE: FAMILY DAY SESSIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SARA’S ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS. Please click here for more info.

 

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Halloween Portraits 2013 – Lazy Daisy’s Cafe

December 4th, 2013

Another successful Halloween Event completed! Thanks again to Lazy Daisy’s Cafe for welcoming me for the third straight year :)

Congratulations to Brandon the Bumble Bee who fought well and came out on top to be the 2013 Costume Contest Winner!

2013 Costume Contest Winner

My Own Backyard – Wandering Photographer

December 4th, 2013

I’ve lived in the Coxwell & Gerrard neighbourhood for nearly 5yrs and there are STILL places I haven’t explored. I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner, but I’m so glad that I finally did. One of the places I discovered on my afternoon walk was the Williamson Park Ravine – SUCH a gorgeous, secret spot! I LOVED it so much I spent a few hours there just walking around and forgetting that I was in the city. *Swoon*

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

Williamson Park Ravine near Coxwell & Gerrard

 

Intentional Camera Movement - Experimental Shots

Intentional Camera Movement – Experimental Shots

 

Intentional Camera Movement - Experimental Shots

Intentional Camera Movement – Experimental Shots

 

Intentional Camera Movement - Experimental Shots

Intentional Camera Movement – Experimental Shots

 

Intentional Camera Movement - Experimental Shots

Intentional Camera Movement – Experimental Shots

 

Fluttering about in Monarch Park – Family Portrait Photographer

December 4th, 2013

There’s nothing more beautiful than the relationship between a boy and his dog. In this case, the boys and their dog named Soul.

Soul was full of energy and soul and loved being included in his Family’s portraits! Thank you Meranda, Owen, Will & Soul the dog for spending such a glorious day with me at Monarch Park!

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

Monarch Park Family Portraits

 

Beaches’ Balsam Dental – Interior Photographer

December 4th, 2013

Balsam Dental is not your typical dentists’ office! The staff, the atmosphere and, of course, the cheery yellow flowers – everything about this place is so kind and inviting! I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Caplan and his staff to capture the interior and exterior of their location in the Beaches. Give them a call and tell them I sent you!

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

Balsam Dental in the Beaches

 

Cool in Kensington Market – Headshot Photographer

December 4th, 2013

Perhaps ‘cool’ isn’t the quite the right word for this session. In fact, it was above 30C for headshots with Lee-Anne Crawford. Kensington Market is a feast for all senses so it made perfect sense to meet up with Lee-Anne and walk the neighbourhood. It took a little lot of self-control not to pop into the shops there! If you ever find yourself needing something to do, I highly recommend taking a walk through – you won’t regret it! In the meantime, enjoy the shots we got!

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

Headshots in Kensington Market

 

2013 Halloween Costume Contest – Lazy Daisy’s Cafe

October 11th, 2013

It’s time for my favourite event of the year! For the 3rd year in a row, I’ll be setting up shop at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe to capture the uber adorable kiddies dressed up in their Halloween gear! All kids 10 and under are welcome to stop by for a complimentary Facebook Portrait and will be automatically entered in a contest to win a Kids’ Mini-Session Portrait with me!

Bring the kiddies and stop by after school or on your way out to trick-or-treat for a complimentary portrait. Printable images will be available for purchase for $15 after the event.

Within a few days after, I will post the portraits on my Sara Desjardins Photography Facebook Page where you can encourage friends and families to vote for your little munchkins. The winner will receive a Kids Portrait Mini-Session with me!

Get in touch if you have any questions, otherwise please feel free to share this with family, friends and neighbours in the area!

Can’t wait to see y’all out there :D

Join us on Halloween where all your Littles can enjoy a complimentary Facebook Portrait!

Join us on Halloween where all your Littles can enjoy a complimentary Facebook Portrait!

Sisterly Love Session at Woodbine Park {Children’s Photography Toronto}

August 23rd, 2013

What do you get when you cross an Eden & a Cora? A whole lotta fun and some whacky knock knock jokes, that’s what!

Eden and Cora came to hang out with me at Woodbine Park for some frolicking in the grass and running around the playground!

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Callie Cat in Corktown Common {Children’s Portrait Photography Toronto}

August 13th, 2013

Callie aka Callie Cat is a girl after my own heart! She knows how to strike a pose, tell a joke, be silly and be serious when she needs to be. In a family of 8, she knows how to get your attention! Oh…and check out her little brother and sister, too ;) We did this whole session at the newest and COOLEST park, Corktown Common and we made a little stop at the Underpass Park, as well. Both are pretty freaking amazing playgrounds for little people, almost downtown Toronto!

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