Grand Canyon University- Guest Speaker Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Catherine Brubaker shares her personal story of surviving a criminal sexual assault in which she sustained an injury that resulted in losing excessive amounts of blood which caused an anoxic brain injury.

Her heart began to fail and her body failed to regulate blood pressure.  Every time she would stand, her blood pressure would drop and her body would no longer regulate.  She was eventually diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachychardia syndrome.

She received a pacemaker and relies on medication to regulate her heart and blood pressure daily and for the rest of her life.

After learning how to walk and talk again. She was a passenger in a not at fault head on collision and again a survivor of a traumatic brain injury.

She was hospitalized, then went to inpatient rehab and eventually to outpatient rehabilitation. Speech, physical and occupational therapy, counseling, neurologists, and numerous physicians became a way of life for over three years.

Catherine she shares her story of recovery, the challenges she faced, the challenges she still faces, and the difference she intends to make.

She shares her achievements and her vision for the future.

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