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The first time I experienced a migraine with aura, a condition which for me involves sudden and temporary loss or disruption of vision, I thought it was due to a fall on the ice rink. I’ve now learned the condition is less common that regular migraines, and isn’t very well understood. The condition seems to be genetic, but can also be triggered by things like bright lights or red wine, and can be affected by hormonal birth control pills. Avoiding known triggers and taking certain medications, or making adjustments to current drug medicines, can help manage migraine with aura. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories . A few months after I turned 15, I attempted – and failed – a spin on the ice rink. When I stood up to laugh it off with my twin, her face appeared rearranged. My friend’s face was missing its brown eyes. Even a fellow skater seemed to be disintegrating on one side of his body. Within a few minutes, my head throbbed to the point of nausea, and I found myself huddled on the floor of a bathroom stall, both blind and in the worst pain of my life.