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Joining the Kevin Berthia Foundation

An Introduction to Katherine

Katherine, born and raised in Maryland as the youngest of three siblings, has encountered various medical challenges since her early years. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, concurrently seeking therapy for depression. The loss of her best friend at 19 left her grappling with self-blame and intensified her emotional struggles. Despite projecting a cheerful exterior to the world, Katherine silently battled chronic depression, enduring a mental breakdown in her journey. However, her resilience led her to lead a fulfilling life until a harrowing incident in 2009 altered her trajectory.

A violent assault in Baltimore City exacerbated Katherine's PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger, and suicidal thoughts, which had previously been manageable. Subsequent days became a relentless struggle as she grappled with insomnia and a pervasive sense of despair. Seeking solace in professional therapy, Katherine gradually reclaimed her independence following the traumatic brain injury (TBI) inflicted upon her. In late 2014, she found unwavering support in her partner, Robert, and her devoted family, following the sudden passing of her mother in November 2010.

Despite her outward image of strength and resilience, Katherine endured a profound depressive episode in late 2021, exacerbated by undisclosed health concerns. Amidst this turmoil, her steadfast friendship with a social worker and the unwavering support of her family sustained her.

In late 2022, Katherine's sister, Kerri, attended a conference featuring Kevin in Ocean City, Maryland. Recognizing Kevin's potential to reach Katherine, Kerri facilitated their connection, marking the beginning of a transformative journey. From tentative outreach to the establishment of a profound partnership, Katherine's narrative intertwines with Kevin's, spanning from the West Coast to the East Coast. Their collaboration epitomizes a beacon of solidarity, ensuring that no one traverses their journey alone.

Katherine draws inspiration from cherished memories of her beloved mother, her enduring bond with her canine companions, and the indomitable spirit of her departed friend. Despite her recent diagnosis of multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) in 2024 and the onset of lifelong IV treatments, Katherine remains resolute in her mission to offer solace to those navigating their darkest hours.

In her steadfast resolve, Katherine imparts a timeless message: it is permissible to acknowledge one's pain and sorrow, yet imperative to persevere. As she confronts life's challenges with unwavering determination, Katherine exemplifies the transformative power of compassion and resilience, illuminating the path towards healing and hope.

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