AlwaysARedhead is written by Catherine Burden, a mother of three young adults and a wife, currently residing in southeastern Ontario, Canada. Her eldest graduated from college in Architecture Construction Engineering Technology, and is currently working as an Engineer. The eldest child is married, and has recently made me a Grandmother! Middle child graduated from university with a double major in Environmental Studies & Geography with a minor in Sports Studies. Next was school for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Then an experience of a lifetime, middle child went to South Korea for a year to teach English as a Second Language. She is now working her dream job, doing exactly what she went to school for – a Transportation Planner. Sadly her wedding was cancelled due to Covid, either way, her and her “pretend husband” are quite happy in their new home. The youngest, no longer a teenage boy, but a young man graduated from university with a degree in Classical Antiquities. He is currently working in archaeology.
Catherine loves camping in the back-country of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada and if she had a choice, she would live there all summer. Since she cannot be in the wilds of Algonquin full-time, she spends her time cooking, working in her vegetable garden, practising yoga, and spending time with her rescue dogs – Bear, a Doberman Shepherd mix, and her newest addition Zeus, an Anatolian Shepherd mix.
She is no longer able to work because as she likes to say “I was born a redhead, but now I have to pay for it, my mind still works but my body fails me.” Catherine has been in numerous motor vehicle accidents, the first accident was on April 27th, 1979, five cars hit a city bus she was a passenger on. The second accident was May 6th, 1979, when a city bus smashed into truck (again she was a passenger on the bus). When people ask if she still takes the city bus, she does. Her the third motor vehicle accident occurred on May 6th, 1983, a car doing donuts smashed into the side of the vehicle occupied by her dad and herself. Years of physiotherapy and massage therapy ensued. Pain medications, muscle relaxants, etc. then a fourth accident (May 1989), when at seven months pregnant her and her husband were rear ended.
At the age of forty she had her first back surgery, with a second surgery ensuing two years later. Both surgeries failed and ended up causing more nerve damage and pain for her. She suffers from chronic pain, chronic muscle spasms, thus falls quite a bit, permanent numbness and tingling from the waist down. The numbness and tingling are a result of nerve damage in her lower back, sitting for more than ten minutes becomes extremely painful for her. She also suffers from degenerative disc disease, arthritis in all her joints, hands, and lower back, Fibromayalgia, Mayofascial Pain Syndrome, has three bulging discs in her neck, plus menopause was so nice to give her chronic migraines. Her life is managed by medication but has not given her a pain-free day in years.
She is thankful for a very patient husband, and three beautiful kids.
Life goes on, it is just altered.