In 2001, Kathy Knopp had been suffering from terrible headaches. It all came to a head when Christmas Eve came and she could barely move her leg without physically dragging it. That’s when she knew it was time to go to the emergency room.
Spending Christmas Eve in a hospital waiting room was already not how Kathy thought her day would go, but when the doctor told her she needed emergency brain surgery and that she also had a collapsed lung, she knew what was about to unfold would be one of the most challenging times of her life.
Kathy spent the next three weeks in the hospital and though that would be difficult on anyone, Kathy shares the care she was given was the best and made a huge difference in her stay.
“I could not have asked for a finer hospital to care for me and am very thankful for all that the nurses and doctors did to aid in my recovery,” Kathy said.
After spending three weeks in the hospital, she went straight into rehabilitation for a month, and recovery was not easy.
Several years later when COVID hit and she had finally recovered, Kathy wanted to do something to give back to the nurses and doctors who did everything to make her long stay in the hospital more comfortable. This inspired Kathy to make something that they could look at every day and find hope. It’s what drove her to donate an original painting titled “The Land of Hope” created by Kathy and her fellow artist friends, Alison Keogler and Katie Kohu.
Kathy teamed up with the Wellstar Foundation to find the perfect location for her beautiful piece of art, which is now hanging in one of the Family Consultation Rooms at the Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, where she hopes it will bring peace and comfort to families and hospital staff during stressful times.
We are grateful for Kathy's perseverance and generosity. Learn more about the Wellstar Foundation at wellstar.org/foundation.