On April 21, 2008, everything changed for Katherine Wolf when she suffered from an unexpected massive brain stem stroke that left her fighting for her life. After a 16-hour micro-brain surgery, Katherine miraculously lived. And that’s just the beginning.
Wolf’s story is one of overwhelming pain healed only by deep-rooted hope. She was on life support for a month and in rehabilitation for almost a year as she worked to regain her motor skills. How did she get through it all? Against all odds, Katherine survived relying on a strong foundation rooted in faith and an incredible support system by her side. Today, she’s a loving wife to Jay (her steadfast rock) and an incredible mother to two sons, James and John. At first glance, the difficulties she has endured throughout her journey are easy to miss.
Suffering was something Katherine understood all too well. Her wounds and pain went beyond the physical, and they started to take a toll on her heart. Her agony was not something that could heal overnight. She shed her coat of fear and met God in the messiest part of her life. Just as Katherine’s perspective shifted, her heart shifted too as she realized the true meaning of hope.
In order to overcome the hardship bearing down on her, Wolf completely redefined healing. Katherine says perspective is a choice: “Whatever happens to you in life, whether it’s bad or great, it’s how you respond to it that matters. It’s how you think about it.”
Although pain has made its way into every aspect of her life, she continually chooses to fill in those gaps with hope and wears her scars with humble honor. Her perspective on life is unmatchable, truly living each moment to its fullest potential. Katherine’s child-like joy is contagious. She’s encouraging to everyone she meets, unwaveringly brave, and unapologetically fearless. She’s uplifted daily by Romans 8:28, “And we know in all things. God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Her story is one that resonates so deeply as she inspires others to choose hope amidst life’s darkest moments.