Heater at the California State Capitol Tour in Sacramento, CA.

City & state: Fremont, California

Age: 41

Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since 2018

What type of health conditions you live with: Chronic migraine disease, adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism, growth hormone deficiency (caused Cushing’s disease), trigeminal neuralgia, IBS, and IBD.

What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “I cope by advocating. Talking about my experiences and connecting with others that have just begun navigating some of the hurdles I’ve overcome helps me feel like I’m giving back.”

What’s a fun fact about you: “I did improv for many years starting in high school. I volunteered and taught it to kids in transitional housing when I was living in Los Angeles. I hope to get back to a place where I can be on solid enough ground health-wise to reincorporate it to my life, because I really miss it.”

Jenn Heater has been a staunch advocate for the migraine and headache community for years. She recently took her passion for education and advocacy to the internet, helping create and become an editor of My Chronic Brain, a digital magazine helping chronic migraine sufferers live exceptional lives. Jenn was instrumental in getting the California Capitol Tour accomplished and sat on a patient panel at the event, discussing her life with migraine disease.