“Give her a brush and a canvas, and her brain comes alive with astounding vision. Through her art, using oil on canvas, she paints every day. She knows that her newfound talent is a gift, offered in exchange for what she has lost.”
In 2006, Kathleen suffered a devastating ruptured brain abscess while on a family vacation. It nearly cost her life. Just A Breath Away is an organization created by Kathleen Newhouse – a miracle survivor of severe traumatic brain injury (STBI).
Kathleen is a dedicated wife, mother of four amazing children, a former concert violinist, a talented guitar player, and the owner of a martial arts school. Before her STBI, Kathleen could not even draw a stick figure, but from her visions and near death experiences post recovery, she began to realize new talent as an artist. Through her art, using oil on canvas, Kathleen now paints every day. She knows that her newfound talent is a gift, offered in exchange for what she has lost.
Give her a brush and a canvas, and her brain comes alive with astounding vision. Through Just A Breath Away, this vision is transformed to support and assistance for other STBI survivors and their loved ones.
It Started As A Headache.
It was sudden. Lightning struck inside of her head and the flash of immense pain shot from one side of her skull to the other. The magnitude was beyond any conceivable reality. She was rushed into emergency surgery in an attempt to reduce the massive amount of pressure that squeezed her brain like a melon in a vice grip. To Kathleen Newhouse, her world was crumbling from within and death was imminent. With maybe a five percent chance of survival, and the distinct possibility of landing in a vegetative state, hope was fading quickly and the outcome was looking grim. Kathleen was a just a breath away from the other side.
Throughout Kathleen’s recovery, she promised herself that if she survived she would find some way to help others who have been affected by severe traumatic brain injury. This gift of giving is the basis of Just A Breath Away Foundation. These paintings are. Kathleen’s gift to survivors like herself who have touched the “edge of life” as she has,