PRLog - July 2, 2009 - “When Kathy Torpie glanced in the mirror on her way out the door one night, she had no way of knowing this would be the last time she would ever see her familiar reflection. On her way home that night she was hit head-on by a drunk driver…
Kathy Torpie's Inspirational Story of traumatic loss as a path to self discovery
…and awoke wearing the face of a stranger.”
International author and Keynote Speaker, Kathy Torpie, is happy to announce her new web site showcasing her book (“Losing Face; A Memoir of Lost Identity & Self Discovery”, Harper Collins, NZ) and her work as a Keynote speaker. The book is available for the first time directly from the author on her web site…
‘Losing Face’ offers a deeply intimate view of the patient experience – one that is often hidden by more visible physical trauma – while exploring issues of identity that lie hidden behind the image we present to the world.
It tells of her extraordinary struggle to regain her face and sense of self, and has featured in most major N.Z. and Australian magazines. She has been interviewed live on radio and television in New Zealand and Australia about her experience as a patient, the importance of the doctor/patient relationship, and about issues of personal identity beyond the ‘faces’ we all wear in the world.
As an inspirational Guest and Keynote Speaker, Kathy has two distinct audiences. Medical professionals seeking to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services through a better understand the patient experience gain valuable insights from Kathy’s unique dual perspective as a psychologist and patient. Corporate and community organizations are inspired to discover their own hidden resources as they face unwelcome changes in their professional and personal lives.
Kathy is a psychologist, an international author and professional speaker. A former journalist and magazine columnist, her story featured on TV’s ‘60 Minutes’ and was so well received that it was nominated for a Media Peace Award in New Zealand, where she lives.