The Girl Who Lived is Kate Bassford Baker. 

In 1991, she was hit by a drunk driver in a high-speed, head-on collision and spent the next 20 years without knowing that the strange, frustrating, and inexplicable ways her brain and body behaved were actually symptoms of an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

In 2009, she gave birth to twins after a difficult pregnancy and began having hallucinatory flashbacks to the car accident nearly 20 years before. EMDR therapy uncovered the connection between past and present and the PTSD that had been running the show for two decades.

In 1991, she nearly lost her life. Twenty years later, she decided to take it back. This blog tells her story.


Kate Bassford Baker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Redlands, and an MA in Writing and and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She wrote something once that made a bunch of people freak out all over the world, and is thinking about doing it again sometime. Her favorite thing to do is go to the movies by herself. She knows how to play seven musical instruments poorly. She also makes a mean guacamole.    

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