My name is Brenna. Three years ago I received a Traumatic Brain Injury, it changed my life. Migraines, dizziness, nausea, troubles concentrating and remembering; I was losing my mind with all the hospital stays and doctors appointments. I have tried drug after drug with none seeming to work. I’m finally on a mix of medications that seem to make enough of a difference for me to function. Except now I have to deal with increased dizziness, fainting, falling, and more. Right now my doctors are looking into a diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS. POTS is a syndrome that causes dizziness, with an increased heart rate upon position changes. POTS is a form of dysautonomia, or dysfunction of the autonomic system. This is the system that controls things like breathing, heart rate, blood pressure etc. My blood pressures gives me hell too. Dropping down to non-hearable levels if I stand for too long or right after standing up. I am on a Low FODMAP diet right now for a laundry list of GI issues. Mainly near-constant nausea, lack of appetite, stomach cramping, and vomiting. My GI really doesn’t want to have to re-do my scopes or do a gastric emptying study if it is avoidable. But I can’t seem to maintain a weight let alone gain anything so, we will see.
Moving on to non-medical things. I used to be in colorguard which I loved dearly with my whole heart. My accident interfered though and forced me to quit, leaving me to binge episodes of Dancing With The Stars and watching DCI videos instead. I have two dogs Rocket and Buster, a wiener dog and a chi-wienie respectively. They are trouble makers but know when I need a good snuggle. My family is great and is the most supportive system I could have. I’d lose my sanity without them. I’m in love with coloring books, they’re the only thing that relax me and don’t aggravate my headaches. Crafting is my getaway- painting, sewing , glitter. You name it I’ll try it. I have begun my journey to becoming a famous ukulele player; if only I can remember how to make my hands do two things at once! Writing is my passion, while I’m a horrid speller, my voice always seems to make it’s way into my work flowing seamlessly from page to page. My quirks tend to draw friends of similar kin and we enjoy our oddness together. Like my best friend who has stuck by my side since freshman year. I thank my lucky stars every day for her.
Know that you know a little bit about me, read my blog to catch up on the day to day life of a chronically ill aspiring author.