The name of Beautiful Fight Woodworking hints at Brittany Dyer’s health battle and how the business has helped her cope. Brittany and her wife, Heather, opened their shop in September 2015, three years after Brittany beat a rare blood cancer called Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE). She was diagnosed in 2012, and at the time there were only 50 cases worldwide of EHE in the spine. It’s not the only battle she was fighting, either. Shortly before she was diagnosed, doctors discovered a large tumor wrapped around her spinal cord. “After many surgeries, weeks of radiation and years of physical therapy, Brittany walked out of the hospital, and we began our journey that led to owning our own store,” Heather says.
Brittany has now been cancer-free for eight years but still battles the impacts of her spinal cord damage and daily side effects from her treatment. But after her health battle, she was unable to maintain her job and needed something to keep herself busy. She began building furniture as a hobby. “I started off with building pallets, then it was an easy transition to building a table,” Brittany says. Beautiful Fight Woodworking blossomed into a business for Heather and Brittany, ultimately leading to opening their brick and mortar shop on Commercial Street.