Encore: Some Say He's Lucky
June 22, 2016
Hosted by Karen Leavitt
I am joined this week with Sean VanGerena. Sean's story is powerful, and inspiring to say the least. " Some people say "I'm lucky. Others believe there is a plan for me and I'm blessed. I would agree with it all." On November 1, 2008 he was involved in a traumatic accident, a roll-over and sustained multiple injuries including: a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Broken Neck (C-6 Incomplete/Ambulating Quad) along with multiple strokes. Prior to his accident in November Sean dreamed of being an Ironman. His life revolved around running and being physically strong. He was a single Dad, self employed and very independent. After his accident in the hospital his family was told if he survived, he may never walk again, and would probably need to live in a full time care facility. Learning his classification he would now have the opportunity to compete with others athletes with similar disabilities he switched his focus to Track Field and is training for the Paralympics 2016.
The Sky’s the Limit
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The Sky’s the Limit is a motivating, inspirational program which is based on my journey from medical professional to patient, highlighting people from all walks of life and various stages of overcoming adversity, their challenges and awakening to the rediscovery of themselves, a transformation. I engage with a number of successful life coaches, authors, athletes and everyday people who discuss their journey and process as well as exploring the concepts of Eastern and Western medicine. We are all learning life’s lessons every day and living in the moment, no matter where we are in our journey.
Karen Leavitt is a restorative coach. With her background as an accomplished career nurse, and a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Karen has a unique perspective on how to navigate life-changing events. Utilizing her skills in health and wellness, public speaking, advocacy and teambuilding, she guides others to achieve healthy, balanced, successful lives, regardless of their circumstances.
Karen is happy to be returning to VoiceAmerica after a life changing event resulted in a traumatic brain injury post-concussion syndrome. Now, Karen has a dynamic purpose and passion that is igniting her to guide others. A former successful career nurse, advocate, “natural care giver,” and athlete, Karen brings positivity and resilience grounded in reality through her own journey and experiences. Her mission is to educate, empower and inspire others to live their truth and passion as she engages in heartfelt, meaningful conversations around life’s situations, and circumstances. #thegiftistheshift