Michelle Tartaglia lays in her bed in darkness to escape from all of the bright lights that make her migraine worse at her home in Rochester, NY on April 7, 2015. "Sometime's if I'm lucky and I feel the migraine coming on, turning all of the lights out and just lay there, without moving, the migraine seems to be no where near as bad."
Since Michelle Tartaglia and her mother, Laura Tartaglia, share the unfortunate suffering from migraines, they share each others medication as well at her home in Rochester, NY on April 5, 2015. "When I take my medication, I can't move. It's like it paralyzes me for a short time."
Michelle Tartaglia studies and enjoys her coffee in between her classes just outside of her building, the Center for Bioscience Education & Technology on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Rochester, NY on April 7, 2015. Michelle wears her sunglasses a lot more than your average person. "I've even worn my sunglasses at night driving back home from work because the bright lights from cars and stop lights amplify my migraine."
Right to left, Michelle Tartaglia, her sister, Danielle, and Anne Tartaglia reminisce while looking through pictures on Facebook at their family Easter party at Michelles home in Rochester, NY on April 5, 2015. "Family means the world to me. I would be there at the drop of a hat for any one of my family members."
Michelle Tartaglia and fellow classmate, Teri Stornelli, practice scanning each other in the scanning lab at the Center of Bioscience Education and Technology on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Rochester, NY on April 7, 2015. Michelle and Teri both are in class together for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and often scan each other to gain more experience before they start their clinicals.
Michelle Tartaglia lays in bed as she begins to get one of her migraines at her home in Rochester, NY on April 7, 2015. "I'm almost certain that the majority of these migraines that I get, all stem from school. If all I had to do was work the three jobs I have, with no school, the migraines would instantly lessen."
Michelle Tartaglia endures the pain of a migraine at the her home in Rochester, NY on April 7, 2015. "When I get these migraines, theres not much I can do. I take my medication, drink water, curl up in a ball and wait."
Michelle Tartaglia dances to help her relieve the stress that has built up from the past few days at Via Dance Studio in Rochester, NY on April 3, 2015. "When life starts to get overwhelming, I come here to dance, to bring me back. It's my place of zen."