In 2001 Denise Pelletier sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a motor vehicle accident. She was given less than a 5% chance of living an independent life should she survive.
With resilience, determination and sheer will, she learned how to walk, talk and read again. Her vivid memories of learning how to walk served as a strong motivator when she completed her first marathon in under 4:20:00!
She leads an extraordinary and fulfilling life today exemplifying how someone with an invisible disability can embrace life after a TBI with dignity, grace, love and acceptance.
Denise is a Human Resources Practitioner, writer, public speaker, and traumatic brain injury survivor with a message of hope, inspiration and acceptance for other survivors, caregivers and the general public.
She received a Bachelor of Administration (2001) from the University of Athabasca majoring in Organizations and has established a successful career in Human Resources over the last 15 years. During this time she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work overseas for one year.
Denise lives in Calgary, Canada and is committed to spending time each week at a local brain rehabilitation injury rehabilitation centre volunteering as a mentor and a caregiver. She shares insight into her healing and rehabilitation experience through speaking engagements to brain injury patients, caregivers and medical professionals at the brain injury rehabilitation unit at the Foothills Hospital. She takes great pride in being an advocate for TBI survivors.
She is currently in the process of completing her memoir where she speaks at length of her journey in accepting her “new” normal and how she was able to find the strength and courage to embrace her new life.
Please direct all media inquiries to:
ACJ Media Group
For all other inquiries, contact Denise here.