The Reroute
The Reroute
Aug 4, 2021
Ep 22: How a Traumatic Brain Injury Taught Me to be a Better Teacher (featuring Kaela Maggio)
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At 17, Kaela Maggio looked like a totally normal teenager on the outside, but on the inside she was struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury from a ruptured brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation.) Now 25, Kaela is defying the odds—and those who doubted her recovery—to become a teacher and live her life to the fullest (as cliché as it sounds!) In this episode, Kaela joins Kasey to share about her diagnosis & recovery, the struggle of battling an “invisible” trauma, and why accepting who she is now was one of the BEST things she ever did. 

 

Listen now to hear more about:

  • Why Kaela felt fortunate to have youth on her side during her recovery
  • The frustrations of relearning simple activities & processes
  • Why she struggled to keep friends after her brain injury—plus, why she is so appreciative of those close to her now
  • How she’s coming full circle to help her students realize what they can accomplish (and be realistic about it, too!)
  • The #1 thing Kaela wants people to remember 
  • And so much more!

 

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