Kaatje Gotcha, comedienne, writer, and stuntwoman-turned-Physician Assistant found salvation in comedy and writing after developing Adhesive Arachnoiditis. This spinal cord disorder is one of the most painful conditions known to humankind and leaves her bedbound 22 hours a day. Two decades prior to her 2015 diagnosis, she suffered Cauda Equina Syndrome, an incomplete spinal cord injury during a nighttime skydiving accident. Instead of giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable tragedy, Kaatje Gotcha seized life. Her indomitable spirit and singular courage have led her to a new career in storytelling through writing and comedy performances.
You can find her essays on Medium and the Yoocan website, and she is hard at work on her second Kindle book. Kaatje’s first mini-memoir, “The Queen of Ketamine” on Amazon is a gripping tale and message of hope about a treatment that offers promise to those who suffer from chronic pain. Her compelling and comedic message to fellow pain patients (and those who love them) is, at its core, about passion. Passion for self-advocacy, fighting for access to cutting-edge medical treatments, and to never, ever give up. As Kaatje states: “My pain disorder won’t go away, but comedy gave me a voice, and the confidence to bear my fate.”
"Kaatje is a unique and very solid writer. I always love performing with her. She's one of the hardest working comedians I've ever met" - Curt Fletcher, www.funnyfletcher.com