HI, I'M KRISTIN
Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend. These are the words best used to describe the force that is Kristin Abello. She and her husband Raul Abello are the parents of two wonderful boys, Jacob (21) and Colin (17) and they currently reside in the city of Houston with their Golden Retrievers Max and Lucy.
On any given day, you can catch Kristin participating in several outdoor activities or maybe just hanging out with her family at the beach. But life hasn’t always been so picturesque. What Kristin thought would be a routine run with her husband, turned into an event that rocked Kristin and her family to the core. After being struck by a car, Kristin suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. It has taken Kristin years to reconcile what was taken from her in mere seconds. But with determination and a positive attitude, Kristin has more than survived – she has thrived.
Alongside her beautiful family, Kristins’ list of accomplishments includes working at both Halliburton and Texas Children’s Hospital, as an Exercise Specialist. Serving on the TIRR (The Institution for Rehabilitation and Research) Family Board, The TIRR Foundation Board (2005-2015), and participating as an Auction Chair and Committee Member of various schools in the Houston Metropolis. She also continues to pioneer the TIRR (2013) and Western Academy (2016) Auction. Alongside her husband, Kristin was awarded the Remembrance Day named Kristin and Raul Abello Day, By Mayor Annis D. Parker of the City of Houston.
Since thriving through her TBI experience, Kristin has made it her life’s mission to share her story with the world. She is passionate about changing the narrative of the TBI community from a somber song to more of an upbeat melody. She wants survivors, family and/or friends who have lived through a TBI experience to know that a positive perspective can change even the bleakest of experiences.
SUNRISE THE JOURNAL
Don’t go it alone. With prompts to help guide your way, the Sunrise journal will help you better navigate your TBI experience. Learn more about the Sunrise Journal and begin working towards your new tomorrow.