TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Patti Foster is counseling a traumatic brain injury patient at the NeuroRestorative Clinic in Tyler.
Recovery from traumatic brain injury is a long, challenging journey, that she knows so well.
"After an injury has happened to the brain, it's so difficult to change modes day by day," says Foster.
On June 18, 2002, Patti, a former radio personality, was severely injured in a traffic crash, so horrific, she wasn't expected to live.
Patti suffered traumatic brain injury, multiple other injuries, and fractures all over her body.
After six weeks in a coma, Patti began to fight her way back to life, and in 2013 released her book 'Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury: One Woman's Journey from Death to Life.'
She is also a contributing author to four other books. In addition to her writing, Patti spends much of her time counseling traumatic brain injury patients and their families.
Very aware of what a miracle her recovery has been, Patti has released the first-known brain injury based devotional, 'Hope for the Journey, a 52 Week Spiritual Journal,' offering comfort and courage to anyone going through a tough time in life.
"So many people talk to me about how thankful they are it's a weekly devotional because they are always meeting themselves coming and going with so many things to do next," says Foster.
As Patti writes in her latest book: "When the unexpected happens, lives are changed in an instant."
Patti says the suffering and lessons she's learned since her accident are the reasons she's put the devotionals together in a book. Shes also passes along some of the ways God has comforted her in her trials.
Included in her book are quotes to think about and answers at the end of each chapter.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 5.3 million Americans live with long-term brain injuries, and while Patti Foster may not be able to bring her message of hope to everyone affected, she is working to reach as many sufferers as possible.