I did not choose my career, my career chose me. Holly's path forever changed, when at the age of 18 she sustained a life-changing traumatic brain injury, as a result of a motor vehicle crash. Significant challenges followed, during her ongoing recovery. Through faith, determination, tenacity, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor, Kostrzewski graduated college with honors, went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Health, and is currently writing her dissertation to complete a PhD in Public Health/Community Health.
In 2014, Holly's family faced a new challenge. Holly's father sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2014 and is cared for at home by family. Holly has been consistently named one of the top presenters at brain injury conferences in the United States and Canada, medical professional conferences, correctional institutions, colleges, and high schools.
Holly is the founder of HUGS Helmet Use and Grab your Seatbelt a brain injury education and prevention program for children. After taking a break of nearly a decade from public speaking to concentrate on her career and graduate school, Holly is back with a new perspective based on living with a brain injury over time. Through her frank and entertaining presentations, Holly will explain the challenges she has encountered in living with a brain injury including challenges related to working, dating, seizures, and how grief and trauma have affected her life. Holly will also review how she faced the issues and helped herself succeed. In addition, Holly will share the journey she and her family have traveled through her traumatic brain injury and resulting fractured self, and her father's spinal cord injury, hospitalization, rehab, and associated every day challenges for her father and her family.