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February 21, 2014

Keith: Never give up hope

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Keith has also spoken for the Baltimore Ravens, Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Toastmasters International Convention, Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUI, Indianapolis Colts and so many more. Her story has traveled across the nation and has touched many.

“I’m an NFL Rookie Success Program speaker, presenting the ‘Traffic Education and Decision Making’ module for this program,” Keith said. “I had the privilege to speak to the 2011 Baltimore Ravens and the 2012 Indianapolis Colts rookies.”

Keith has worked with the Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group since 1994. Through the international program, ThinkFirst, she makes many classroom presentations about her recovery has touched thousands of students by sharing how her life changing story. Her journey has led her to meeting so many people, including some that are quite famous.

”Last April, Gloria Gaynor’s ‘people’ contacted me regarding her upcoming new book, We Will Survive (released Dec. 1, 2013). They wanted to include my story in it. You can imagine how excited I was,” Keith exclaimed. “So, I submitted my story, and it is the fourth (out of 40) inspirational stories in the book. Last October, I was blessed to have a private meeting with her before her concert at the Palladium, The Center for Performing Arts, in Carmel.” Gaynor is the singer of the disco hit, “I will survive.”

Keith encourages those who have been faced with brain injuries to never give up hope.

“Don’t lose hope. They think there is no end in sight, but you will never know what will happen or how you will be blessed. Some things we can control and some we can’t, so we need to take control of the things that we can. I learned from my injury to keep going and go on no matter what. Things happen over time and you can see it. Do your best and keep trying. Don’t lose sight or hope.”

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