Professional snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, was a dedicated athlete with Olympic potential. His world came crashing down while training to make the 2010 U.S Olympic team. On December 31st, 2009, Pearce suffered a nearly fatal crash in Park City, Utah, while practicing on the halfpipe. In the crash, the star in the making sustained a life-altering traumatic brain injury (TBI) (Stump, 2020).
Pearce went from being a rising Olympic medal contender to spending the next 5 months in the hospital recovering from his crash (Stump, 2020). Pearce was grateful to be alive, however he knew that his life had been changed. He was going to have to find a way to cope and make the best of his current situation. Pearce recalled,
“‘I had to relearn how to walk, I had to relearn how to talk. I had to start my life over again’” (Stump, 2020).
Pearce’s support system was strong and there for him throughout his entire recovery. Notably, Pearce’s brother Adam was there to help him through every uphill battle.
Two years after his life-changing accident, Pearce attempted to snowboard again, only to come to the realization that he was never going to be able to fully return to the sport (Stump, 2020). He knew that he was going to have to direct his passion towards something new.
The New Found Love
Nearly 11 years after the crash, Pearce came across a new found love for yoga and meditation. The addition of these practices into his life was monumental in the healing of his TBI. Since then, Pearce, alongside his brother, dedicated all of their efforts towards helping others who have suffered brain injuries, through the practice of yoga. Together they co-founded LoveYourBrain, a non-profit organization with the purpose of helping improve the wellbeing of TBI survivors. LoveYourBrain has a Yoga Program, Retreat Program, and Mindset Program, which all aim towards improving the lives of people impacted by TBIs (kevinpearce.com, 2011).
Knowing full well that recovering from a TBI is a long and grueling process, Pearce hopes that his organization shines a light of positivity and hope for TBI survivors. He often explains that “the healing never ends” (kevinpearce.com, 2011).
Pearce’s perseverance and desire to help others with similar life-altering experiences to his own, is inspiring. Pearce continues to thrive and is an incredible example proving that life can continue after a TBI. With the Power of Patients free symptom tracking dashboard, along with help from others, you can follow the same progressing recovery path as Pearce.
The New You
Take charge of your TBI healing today, with the free symptom tracking dashboard by Power of Patients. Our platform can help monitor progress, symptom triggers, and common TBI consequences. The dashboard creates personalized reports of your individual data, that can be shown to medical professionals, to guide treatment plans and recovery timelines. For more information, visit powerofpatients.com!
To learn more about LoveYourBrain, check out our upcoming Webinar Wednesday on June 16th. Shilo Zeller, the manager for the Mindset Program and Community Outreach for LoveYourBrain will be joining us. She will speak on her personal experience with a TBI and everything the organization has to offer. Register here for the webinar!
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