As she struggled with a debilitating migraine, Kristin Chenoweth was on the verge of quitting her award-winning career.
The Schmigadoon! star, 53, said in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE that she initially believed her chronic migraine, which is characterized by at least 15 headache days per month, would compel her to give up her career.
It was extremely difficult while she was in her 20s and 30s, and she says she eventually realized she needed to speak up for herself. “I then began applying all I knew. I tried everything a doctor would advise.”
However, the majority didn’t, according to Chenoweth, and she began to believe that she would eventually have to retire.
Even though a recurrent migraine prevented her from completing important tasks, she persisted in working.
Chenoweth recalled leaving the 2009 Emmys in an ambulance after taking home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Pushing Daisies because of a “pounding” migraine.
She claims, “It definitely changed my life.” It kept me from taking pleasure in a few memorable career occasions, too.
“I recall leaving the stage after receiving the Emmy and being photographed by all the photographers before being taken away by ambulance.”
Chenoweth learned about the potential benefits of Botox for severe migraine in her 40s while working with AbbVie on their Center Stage for Chronic Migraine initiative.
She instantly “noticed a vast difference” after “he did what I call small pinches.”
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She claims that this had an impact on and altered her life and career. I’m still able to pursue my passions without having to retire.
The actress emphasizes living a healthy lifestyle in addition to Botox in order to help prevent migraines.
“Prayer, breathing exercises, and solitude in a dark space. I have to complete these tasks. I don’t consume a lot of booze. I monitor my salt, “she claims. “I take all precautions I can to stop it,”
Chenoweth is able to carry on with her favorite activities because of a mix of Botox and her lifestyle choices.
She said, “I want to pursue my passion.” “To manage my Broadway Bootcamp in my state, I need to be here. I want to be present for the upcoming challenging position. I want to be Ariana Grande’s mentor. In this place, please. I want to be supportive.”
Additionally, Chenworth tells PEOPLE that she and her fiancé Josh Bryant, who describes himself as “a carer,” are attempting to schedule a wedding for a suitable time.
We’re just trying to chat and figure out when this is going to happen, she says, adding that both she and he have been quite busy. So, we’re carrying that out.