Last January Katie was caught in a horrific collision as a pedestrian in a parking lot pinned between two cars. She sustained severe nerve damage, suffers from chronic pain – and has proven to be one of the most resilient people in the world.
The accident has lead to overwhelming physical, mental, and financial challenges for Katie and her husband Matt. Their courage is what flips this story from a tragedy to an inspiration.
We reached out to give what we could to Katie & Matt to ease some of their financial struggles and the couple was gracious enough to tell us about how their lives have changed.
Katie & Matt began with a message to the member of our community:
“Thank you so much for the Gethrr community! We wish we could give each and every one of you a big thank you hug. What you guys are doing by banding together and supporting others really is making a huge difference in people’s lives. We pray that you will all receive blessing backs ten fold.”
As a token of their appreciation, Matt and Katie want to give everyone this image above as a gift. Please go here to download it: http://bit.ly/1d4pxTz
Where are you guys now in the recovery phase?
The past 15 months have been so hard for us, but the love and support we are receiving from friends, family, fellow photographers and total strangers has just blown us away! We feel blessed to have so many people getting behind us and help us through this difficult time. Currently Katie is completing ‘The Wesley Pain Management Program’, at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. At the start of the year Katie completed a 5-week intensive rehabilitation program and now she is continuing with half days of rehabilitation each week. Katie has been working with a specialist team including a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, psychologist and occupational therapist. Matt has recently been discharged from the Cooinda mental health facility, at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, suffering severe depression. He was admitted into hospital for the third time on the 4th of March. He is continuing to see a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist. For the last 14 months since the accident our lives have been a mess. Either Katie has been in hospital, Matt has been travelling for work, Katie has been doing rehabilitation, or Matt has been in hospital. It’s all been very messy and disjointed for us.
Where do you guys go from here?
Our dream has always been to teach, speak and help other photographers. Before the accident we were actually living our dreams! We were travelling the world using our cameras to help others in need, we were speaking at international conferences, and were doing workshops helping teach other photographers. We hope to return to this, but at this stage we just don’t know. It’s hard to know what the future holds for us right now. Katie’s rehabilitation has helped her immensely, but it’s yet to be seen if she will ever be able to live the life we led before the accident.
What does it feel like having strangers reach out to offer help?
Our lives have literally been turned upside down. Being self-employed has definitely added to this pressure. Having total strangers reach out and support us during this difficult time has been such a blessing. To have financial help during this time has loosened the noose around our necks.
Watch a short talk from Matt to get a little more insight into their story. It’s incredible how in this time of struggle they’re using it as an opportunity to inspire others.