Writing an about page is kind of like trying to write a personal ad…
Hi! I’m Briana. I currently live in the delightfully cute town of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. I’m a single mom with two teenage daughters, Caitlyn and Celina, and two cats, Tabitha and Bunny. Professionally, I work as a Senior User Experience Designer (a fancy way of saying I make websites). Personally, my life is a mess. Perpetually. A chaotic shitshow of epic proportions. But it’s also pretty awesome, and I’m learning a lot.
Some of the health issues I deal with are things I can do something about, and some aren’t, really. I have a genetic collagen disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), hypermobility type. It causes fun extra problems like randomly dislocating collarbones and other joints, and fairly constant pain. I also have Fibromyalgia, though I’m not convinced that’s not the name for a collection of symptoms that also stems from EDS. I also have Idiopathic Hypersomnia, or Narcolepsy without cataplexy, depending on which doctor you ask. It makes me super crazy tired all the freaking time, but I take drugs to function, so that’s good. Again, I’m not convinced this isn’t a side effect of EDS. I have arthritis in several places, some unidentified issue that causes dangerously low ACTH (the hormone that tells my body to release cortisol and adrenaline), PTSD, and I don’t even know what else. LOL My girls also have some of these issues, which has helped to make me pretty passionate about finding answers for at least some of it.
In my spare time, I like to do genetic research with our 23andMe results, learn about supplementation and our body’s methylation pathways and processes, research our family genealogy, do insane amounts of physical therapy, make healthy autoimmune paleo foods (most of the time) and teas and natural body care products, make music and laugh a lot with my girls, fix cars, take pictures, and go on adventures. I also like long walks on the beach, thunderstorms, and sunsets. 😉
This blog was started as a way to reach out and be open, honest and vulnerable about my own struggles and journey through life. I hope you find some humor, wisdom, or pretty pictures to take away from it!
Also, because I have to say it and I haven’t created the appropriate page yet, I do occasionally post affiliate links for things I think are awesome and that you might benefit from. I’m not trying to be greedy or get rich, but I am facing the reality that I have to cut back on work hours and take care of myself and my girls more – which means I need to figure out how to make an income that is a little more passive.
… And with that, I’ll bid you adieu for now! Time permitting, this page and site will be updated pretty frequently – but life has a way of getting out of hand on occasion. Message me if you need something or haven’t seen a post in awhile; accountability is a wonderful thing. LOL
In love & light,