My name is Brenna. Three years ago I received a Traumatic Brain Injury, it changed my life and in lots of different ways.
Migraines, dizziness, nausea, troubles concentrating and remembering; I was losing my mind with all the hospital stays and doctors appointments. I tried countless treatments and endured a myriad of tests and we werestill coming up empty. Most doctors dismissed it s Post Concussive Syndrome, but something felt off.It wasn’t just the TBI, I could feel it. And then one day I passed out. And the pieces clicked.
You see, I have something called Dysautonomia, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) specifically. Dysautonomia is a dysfunction of the autonomic system. Thats the system that controls the sub-consious things your body does like breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion etc. And just about anything falling into that category can be affected. Somepeople, like me, have intestional dysmotility or parlysis. Others have problems with high heart rates when changing potitions, thats the tachycardia in POTS.
Before the switch was thrown and my life track rerouted, I used to be in colour and winterguard. I still love it dearly with my whole heart. But a brain injury and a disorder that causes you to pass out doesn’t quite mix with tossing 6 foot metal poles in the air on a football field all afternoon. Luckily I can watch Clash of the Corps on Amazon Prime when I need a DCI fix.
My family is pretty great and is supportive in most of my endevours in life (especially writing). I’d lose my sanity without them. My best friends, too. They let me rant and complain about how much I hurt, and they put up with reading the rough cuts of my short stories and bad poetry. They’re also always there with another dozen when I run out of books to read.
Know that you know a little bit about me, feel free to explore my posts. Who knows, you may even find the ramblings of a nerdy chronically ill teen interesting!