Since the accident, Klawitter earned a black belt and became a certified archery instructor.
a Direct Hit
On the afternoon of July 28, 1998, I
was walking down a cart path that led
from the parking lot to the golf clubhouse. Suddenly, without warning,
something struck me in the head. It felt
like a railroad tie had been driven into
the top of my skull, and out my left eye
socket. The pain was excruciating, as if
a bowling ball had fallen on my head—
not an errant speeding golf ball that
was hit from the 9th tee. The black
asphalt and the green grass were spinning like a plate atop a long thin stick,
knowing it would fall in just matter of
time. In seconds, darkness consumed
me and I crumpled to the ground. I lay
motionless, glassy eyed and drooling.
My very young, vibrant and motivated life changed in an instant. My
entire career and everything I had
worked for was gone. Everything I
lived for was shattered.
A few months later, after grueling
neurological testing, I learned I suffered
a traumatic brain injury. The rehabilitation process was long and painful. I had
to relearn to speak, read and write. I
worked with a neuropsychologist,
speech therapist, cognitive therapist
and vision therapist. Although it was
challenging, I persevered because I
wanted to live. I continued to forge
ahead, but at a turtle’s pace.
Along the way, I have learned something quite profound: The brain is magnificent, resilient and changeable.
Moreover, having an enriched and stimulating environment was conducive to
being a better learner, so I chose things
of high interest to strengthen the weaker
parts of my brain. One of the first uplifting sounds I heard after my accident was
my dad’s polka band. When I walked to
my medical appointments, I would turn
my backpack around and pretend I was
playing the accordion. It was very familiar and gave me hope.
I started communing with nature for
comfort and guidance, especially by laying on the earth. My brainwaves would
synchronize with the natural rhythms of
the earth. It was very grounding. I also
started remembering the body, mind and
spirit methods I used to teach my golf
clients. I started rebuilding my life by
using these methods. Just doing the
breathing exercises gave my brain a surplus of oxygen. I began to think more
clearly and felt more vitality. Instead of
breathing with my clients, I was breathing with the trees!
As a new NSA Academy member,
the educational webinars have already
increased my business acumen. “Three
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My organic pauses encourage more par-
The way I access information is
ever-evolving. After almost 20 years,
I am still practicing these skills and
strategies. The more I practice, the
stronger the new pathway or brain
circuit becomes. Now, I can create my
life with purpose, passion and power.
I am human proof it can be done.