I’m Brittney. For 11 years I was an industrial painter and coatings inspector. I worked very hard and I loved it. If I had any spare time you would find me punching a heavy bag, flying a Cessna, cooking up a feast, moshing at a rock show, or traveling with my boyfriend.
That is until my health started acting up again. You see, I was born with a condition called Intestinal Malrotation, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 16 years old. Basically it means that my intestines were not in the proper anatomical position when I was born. This caused years of debilitating pain, inflammation, bowel obstructions, adhesions and countless digestive problems. Lucky me, right? I underwent a major operation called the Ladd’s Procedure in 2001. Six months later I had another emergency surgery for a small bowel obstruction. A year later, another surgery and another diagnosis; Endometriosis. As if high school wasn’t hard enough already!
After those three surgeries, all in the span of 18 months, I found my pain start to lessen. My symptoms weren’t totally gone, but I was able to live quite comfortably for the first time in my life! This was when I followed in my Father’s footsteps and went into the coatings industry. With four incredible mentors, and an unrelenting determination, I quickly became a recognizable face in the industry. By 25 years old, I had my own inspection company and was traveling throughout western Canada, overseeing coating projects.
Since my symptoms started to come back into full swing in 2013, I’ve had four more surgeries and a few new conditions diagnosed, including a redundant colon (another anatomical abnormality) that puts a person like me at an even higher risk for bowel obstructions and volvulus – a life threatening condition. Despite all the pain I was in, I tried my best to continue working and living a somewhat normal life. Not surprising, that didn’t last long.
After an extremely difficult decision to hang up the steel toe boots last year, I’ve decided to work towards a new career based in design. I’ve spent the last year taking care of my now fiancé and our fur babies, doing home repairs, having another surgery and grieving my old life.
It’s a new year and the beginning of a new era. I’m using this blog as a way to express my love for writing and hopefully to inspire others. I’ll share more stories, delicious recipes for a restrictive diet, low impact fitness tips, DIY projects, and tips on learning to thrive with chronic illness. Join me on my journey to heal! I hope we can have some fun along the way 🙂