Survivor Highlight: Kamri Whitehead

1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

My name is Kamri like Toyota Camry. I’m 23 years old and and I am an army veteran. I was 19 when my accident happened on my plane to Korea. I’m just a pretty normal young adult, anything you can think of I can do too just modified. But I still live a productive life with my boyfriend, Marcus, and my family and friends.

2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT B.R.A.I.N.? 
I’ve been at B.R.A.I.N. for about a year now and it’s seriously changed my life for the better. When I first came to B.R.A.I.N. I was more shy and quiet but now it’s like I’m the celebrity everyone waits for because I’ve made so much progress within a year.

3. WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
Honestly what keeps me coming back is that family mentality everyone has for one another. It’s like a safe haven because you can be yourself since you’re around people who are or who have been in your situation. And it makes me feel better for the rest of the week.
4. HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT B.R.A.I.N.?
I found B.R.A.I.N. online because I was at that point where I needed to find something to keep my mood better than what it was.
5. WHAT CLASSES/THERAPY DO YOU TAKE AT B.R.A.I.N.?
At B.R.A.I.N. right now I have individual speech therapy with Lynn every Thursday at 4 pm. It has helped me so much. Two years ago I was unable to speak at all and now I’m speaking in full sentences for a long period of time. I think back like, “Wow this is truly amazing.”


6. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES SPEAKING TO GRADUATE STUDENTS AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY LAST MONTH.
My speech at Chapman University was about patient rights. I was speaking to graduate students and I was super nervous but I actually did really amazing for my first time doing a project all on my own. Basically I explained to them certain rights as a patient that I felt they needed to know. I never thought I’d be doing something like that and it definitely opened up new doors for me.