What Illness Does Eva Wiseman Have?
Wiseman has had migraines since she was a young child. Her initial experiences with migraine were not marked by pain; instead, they involved the terrifying realization that she had forgotten how to read.
Over the years, the journalist developed the ability to recognize the warning indications of a migraine, including a blind patch that shimmers and slowly expands across her vision and a day filled with somewhat psychedelic déjà vu. It was an everyday experience with migraine until a blind spot appeared in her vision in 2019 and persisted. It did not shimmer away like it used to.
Moreover, the blind spot is still there to the right of Wiseman's vision as a white, vibrating structure. MRIs revealed a murky region on her brain, possibly caused by mini-strokes or migraines. A neurologist explained it as her habit of being accustomed to the discomfort, to the point she didn't notice the migraine had intensified its chronicity.
Wiseman has experienced migraines every month since she was a child. The most straining emergence of migraine was when she was nine months pregnant. The columnist was anticipating a new kind of pain; the labor pain instead suffered from her old familiar migraine pain, which somehow disappeared in the morning.