Katy is a recent sepsis survivor with a personal passion for spreading sepsis education and awareness. Twelve years ago, she moved from Seattle to Hawaii with her husband and two young daughters. In September of 2018, she became ill with what she thought was just the flu. She was home alone and didn’t think her illness was serious enough to call 911. It wasn’t until two days later that she called a friend for help. Her friend found her nearly unresponsive and rushed her to the hospital where she was admitted directly into the ICU in septic shock. Fortunately, her physicians suspected sepsis and began a protocol that saved her life.
Katy now lives life as a bilateral below-knee amputee who also lost seven fingertips. Instead of slowing down, she has found a new energy and passion to spread sepsis awareness in the hopes of preventing others from having her experience. She is sharing her personal and inspiring story as a national speaker at corporations such as Microsoft and medical symposiums related to sepsis. She founded sepsis walks in Washington and Hawaii and is founding an inaugural stand-up paddle for Sepsis Alliance in Seattle in the summer of 2020.
Katy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She spent seven years in the title insurance industry where she became a national sales representative. Later she become a stay-at-home mother and community volunteer and served as a board member for several local organizations. She is a certified yoga instructor with a passion for nutrition, fitness, and mental health. Katy splits her time between Seattle and Hawaii.