Mad Like Alyce

With everything I have endured in my chronic pain journey, nothing is more frustrating than the migraines that continue to plague me. While I actually have multiple day stretches where the burning in my neck, shoulders, and back will be completely absent (something I never thought would happen), I will suddenly get attacks from the monster that is still alive and well… my migraine monster.

Sneak attack from my migraine monster, hiding under my covers #migraine #migrainessuck #chronicpain #difficultday

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A difficult reminder

In general, I know there are a myriad of things that can effect the frequency of my migraines. Hydration/lack thereof, stress, lack of sleep, over-stressing my back and shoulder muscles, and improper posture. The last one has really come to bite me in the last few weeks.

I lost my job back in mid February, and I immediately set to networking and rebuilding my personal brand. I would go to some of my favorite coffee shops downtown and work through the morning, enjoying coffee and the occasional quiche while I worked. Unfortunately, I had been letting my success with my pain blind me to the fact that I still needed to be careful to continue that success. Working at coffee shops was not ergonomic at all, and the pain and numbness in my arms began to return, as did my neck and shoulders.

A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots

One of the biggest things that I know about myself and still sometimes am very blind to is that I will push myself through things when I should be listening to my body. If you have chronic pain, you will understand the fine balance of needing to listen to your body and needing to challenge it to keep growing stronger. Its a fine balance that I had (kind of) managed to maintain… and somehow forgot yet again how fragile that balance was. I continued working at coffee shops and even with the growing pain, continued to push myself through the last 4 weeks of Farrell’s. In the last two weeks, my body was showing me a full on flare up, and yet I wanted to finish my 10 week session strong… which I did.

Migraine moving in

My migraine monster took this blatant ignorance of what my body was telling me as an invitation to move in for awhile, and I have been struggling since. While I feel like I have just about completed its eviction… it keeps on hanging around outside. Like wearing a hoodie, i feel a hood hovering over my head. The shadow of a headache, ready to pounce at any time. I’ve had to go back to a lot of my old techniques for managing my pain that I had let fall to the wayside in recent months, such as stretching, staying hydrated, using biofreeze or salon pas patches (topical pain relief), my foam roller, and countless chiropractic appointments.

Chronic Pain Warrior

So today, while my right shoulder screams at me and the shadow of the headache lingers with an occasional throb to make sure I didn’t forget about it… I put on my warpaint in the form of biofreeze. I remember that chronic pain is a series of battles, and this is just another battle in that journey. For all of you hiding under the covers today, for those of you battling through a day of work where every smell and every sound makes you wince, for those of you at wits end because of the pain… just know you are not alone. You may fight your own battles, but we are all in the same war, and we will win!


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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