A hard bang on the back of her head on a granite countertop in late 2017 changed Katie's life. The diagnosis was a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and she was told to rest at home for the next week. However, the injury left her a shell of what she formerly was, and she battled constant headaches, balance problems, cognitive and physical fatigue, speech difficulties, and dizziness. These symptoms made it impossible for her to do the simplest of activities: walking, watching TV, reading, and so much more. She had no idea this bang to the head would cause such debilitating, lasting effects.
After multiple therapies and countless doctors visits, her symptoms improved enough for her to get back to (somewhat) normal activities again. Once her symptoms were more managed, she wanted to be a part of the TBI community and connect with others who were also experiencing post concussion symptoms. But, she couldn't find a support group that provided the platform to make the true connections that she strived for, so she decided to make her own community.
Her mission at Healing Brain Project is to create a supportive and safe place for women struggling with the aftermath of a brain injury, while also creating a platform that is easily accessible to those dealing with post concussion symptoms. She hopes that Healing Brain Project will help its members feel that they don't have to go through this alone.
Katie is the moderator for all the video meetings and is in charge of the daily operations at Healing Brain Project. She hopes to expand this community in the future to be able to reach as many brain injury survivors as possible.
Katie lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with her husband and three rescue cats. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with an entomology (bug science) degree...go green!
David is Katie’s husband, and has helped her navigate her post concussion symptoms since her injury in 2017. As a spouse of someone who has worked through a traumatic brain injury (TBI), David provides the Healing Brain Project community with an understanding ally in their collective recovery efforts. After seeing the daily struggles and small victories of TBI up close and personal, David wants to create a community that is a place for celebrating those small victories. In doing so, David hopes to encourage TBI survivors to keep moving forward on their path to improvement.
With respect to Healing Brain Project's operations, David takes care of the business's finances, accounting, and other odds and ends. He also writes the meeting summaries, which are posted in each group's message board after each meeting.
David lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan with Katie and their three cats. He teaches entrepreneurship courses at Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). David is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.