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Plymouth-Canton teacher battles long term COVID-19 symptoms targeting brain

Posted at 5:43 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 18:18:04-05

(WXYZ) — A Plymouth-Canton school teacher's battle with COVID-19 forced her to step back from her job and take on long term rehabilitation to overcome the effects of the virus that attacked her brain.

For 23 years, Kate Hondorp's two loves have been her family and teaching. Now, as she recovers from COVID-19 she contracted in August, she remains off the job with a warning for others.

She's a teacher at Pioneer Middle School who also taught elementary, nurturing young minds. She said she never dreamed the effects of COVID-19 would interrupt her work, five nights a week of yoga and making dinners for her family.

At the end of August, she tested positive for COVID-19 and it came with intense headaches, breathing trouble and fatigue.

She would learn that the virus's impact on her brain was the reason she struggled with simple math, driving, and even walking. It was a shock to the fit and healthy mother of two boys.

The outpouring of support has been incredible as Kate dedicated herself to making a recovery from the dizziness, blurred vision and brain fog.

Students and staff have visited outside her home, and cooked meals for her family.

She's warning others not to underestimate COVID-19 with 10% of people suffering prolonged symptoms.

THERE HAVE BEEN VISITS FROM STUDENTS AND STAFF OUTSIDE HER HOME... ALONG WITH MEALS COOKED FOR THE FAMILY... GIFT CARDS AND TOUCHING MESSAGES...

Kate says she’s beyond grateful to everyone who’s sent a card, made a meal or simply expressed support. She’s working hard to make a full recovery and get back to the classroom.