Heal Kate's Head

The truth is that I have been hiding how I feel and what really happened from almost everyone.   Maybe I felt embarrassed, maybe I wanted to be stronger, maybe I am afraid to ask for help.

A year ago, on Aug 1st, I hit my head during an acro fall.  My first broken bone.   Some of you may remember the 5 months of limping that ensued from a broken foot. I had crutches, a boot, a cain and even a knee scooter!    
So many of you were there for me at that time.  Thank you for all of your support.
What most of you probably don't know is that my head continued to hurt after my fall.  You also may not know that I (stupidly did an acro performance with a broken bone in my foot) and I fell on my head again, on Oct 31st.   During this second head injury, not only did I get a concussion but also sustained a compression injury that affected my neck and back for several months. The scary thing is that almost a year later my head still feels bruised and sensitive to the touch.   

I  have been tying to return back to my energetic, vibrant self since my foot healed, but I have not been feeling strong.  Many of you may know how positive I always try to be, looking for the solution not the problem.  But this time I feel like I can not find the answer.   I am not one to ask for help.   I get so much joy out of helping others.  I don't like to talk about my struggles or my problems.  Today I am doing the opposite, I am reaching out to you for help and sharing my very vulnerable story. 

The truth is that I have been experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, brain fog.   I have been doing everything I can to heal.  Eating healthy, resting, visiting my primary care physician to get every kind of test done.   Going to therapy, the chiropractor, the massage therapist and every healer I can find.   Despite the time that has passed and all the supplements that I have been taking, I still feel like I just hit my head.   Some days I have to cancel all my appointments because I feel so heavy, tired and depressed.  The back of my head often hurts and every thing feels harder since my two falls last year.  I have not shared my struggle with anyone, because I felt ashamed and have had so much self judgment around not feeling my best. I thought I could figure out how to heal myself alone.

I didn't think that my head injury could be lingering on for this long, but after months of blood work, tests, dietary changes and self reflection... I can't find any other reason why I feel so low for so long.  I have always been a fan of the work of Dr Amen, and after a while I started to feel like the only thing that I had not tested was my brain -
 An Article from The Amen Clinics on Concussions 

I am asking you to help me get back to my healthy energetic, motivated self, so that I can be here to help and inspire you.   The Dr Amen Clinics offer a one of a kind brain scan and a tested and all natural solution, for all kinds of brain trama.  Their website and Dr Amens books are full of stories about people who were healed using this protocol.  Unfortunately this procedure is not covered by my insurance and is just shy of $5000. Here is more information about this type of brain scan and why it is so unique. 

I have learned a lot from my two head injuries last year.   Firstly to communicate and set boundaries in my acro training.  I still love acro, love teaching and love sharing this practice.  Now I am more passionate that ever about keeping other acro yogis safe.  Teaching safe spotting, accurate self assessment and better communication between bases and flyers.  

I am also learning how to ask for help.  I can't always be the one to take care of others.  I am learning to be vulnerable, to admit that I am not perfect and to ask for what I need.   I really need your help. 

I can't afford this scan right now, it has been hard for me to work as much since my two falls last year. I am not getting better, if anything I feel like I am getting worse.  I really don't know what to do but to keep searching for the root cause of my sore head, tiredness, anxiety, depression and lack of inspiration inside of myself.    Please help me look inside my brain with SPECT imaging and get the help I need to recover from my head injury.
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Kate Burkett
Seattle, WA

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