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Thriving in Spite of Chronic Pain – Brittany Schulz

December 1, 2023 1:20 pm in by
Brittany Schulz. Photo: Jennie Lenman / ARN

Looking at Brittany Schulz, you may think she is a happy and carefree young woman, but for most of her life, she has lived and worked while suffering from chronic pain.

The young mother and Founder and CEO of Murray Bridge’s Fiction and Friction, is exceptionally positive and industrious for someone living with three insidious conditions at once; endometriosis, adenomyosis, and pelvic congestion syndrome.

Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can cause severe pain in the pelvis and make it harder to get pregnant. Adenomyosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue exists within and grows into the uterine wall. it can cause heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, severe cramping, pain during intercourse or blood clots that pass during a period.

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Endometriosis and is Adenomyosis are diseases in which tissue grows outside the uterus, which can cause severe pain. Pelvic congestion syndrome is thought to be due to problems with the enlarged veins and can result in varicose veins in the pelvis and other areas of the body and can be incredibly painful.

“I can have a full blown conversation and feeling like I’m in labour… I’m just very good at hiding it,” Brittany told ARN’s Jennie Lenman and Adam Connelly.

Brittany says she is one of many women who took years to uncover why she was so unwell. One in nine women are affected with endometriosis in Australia and on average it takes around a decade for diagnosis.

Three years ago, Brittany followed her passions, opening the first online specialty bookstore of its kind dedicated to Independently published books.

In 2020 she took the plunge to open a brick and mortar store on Seventh Street in Murray Bridge and successfully coordinated an indie book signing at the Adelaide Convention Centre in September.

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With 300 authors keen to participate in the next one, she is thrilled to plan a follow-up event.

Brittany puts down her success to ‘timing’, ‘luck’ and following her passions rather than just chasing income.

“I had always done little hobby businesses… I always knew I could do it, it was just finding the thing I had enough passion for, to actually keep doing it,” she said.

“I’m a firm believer in finding something I’m passionate about because then, even on the bad days, you’re still going to want to do it.”

Brittany will have to shut shop for six weeks for surgery, with the last day of business for the year on 9 December 2023. She says she is looking forward to continuing her entrepeunral journey next year.

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Hear Brittany Schulz sharing her story with ARN’s Adam Connelly and Jennie Lenman via the audio play window below:

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