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About Kaatje Gotcha

I’m a comedian, writer and retired Physician Assistant. In 2015 I was diagnosed with a second type of SCI (spinal cord injury), on top of an old cauda equina syndrome. Although it’s been years since my parachute didn’t open, this severe, subsequent injury is the real challenge. Everyday I intentionally look for happiness and creativity, so that lumbosacral arachnoiditis and T4 central pain syndrome do not determine the quality of my life.

I’m primarily bedbound, and use a few precious hours each week for comedy open mics. Unfortunately I can’t sit upright for more than 20 minutes so I prefer venues with couches. My second memoir, a podcast at Duel Brewing, and my website all originate from my hospital bed. Comedy, however, is special; it’s the way I connected my heart to community. Lastly, I’m blessed with exceptional support from friends, family overseas and a wonderful personal caregiver.

“To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat. Sometimes reality is so horrible we refuse to face it unless trapped by comedy,” according to the legendary Peter Sellers.

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