Stroke Survivor: Paralyzed but not Powerless
Against one-in-a-million odds, Kate Adamson overcame total paralysis from a devastating double brainstem stroke. Locked inside her body, she communicated by blinking. Kate could think – and she could blink – that’s all she could do. It was like being locked in a glass coffin. This survivor of Locked-in Syndrome proves that paralysis is not powerlessness and that we can achieve the impossible by focusing on the possible. Now more than 20 years later Kate is sharing her incredible story of recovery with audiences across the country.
Kate was appointed to the University of Southern California (USC), Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Board of Counselors. She serves on the OPTT-RERC Advisory Board for successful Aging with disability and has served as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association along with being a board member of the Stroke Association of Southern California. She currently serves as a board member of the Greater Los Angeles National Speakers Association. Kate was the subject of a major fund raising film produced by the American Heart Association.
Kate chronicled her story in her book, Paralyzed but Not Powerless. Her story has been featured in many national magazines, including Redbook, Prevention, Vim & Vigor, Caregiver, Stroke Smart, Stroke Connection and The Female Patient. Kate was one of five national finalists in Prevention Magazine’s Picture of Health promotion. She has appeared on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Bill O’Reilly Factor, The Abrams Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, 700 Club, Coral Ridge Ministries, TBN and Lifetime.
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One Hand Clapping: Paralyzed but not Powerless
This powerful presentation engages your audience and lets them experience what it is like to face million-to-one odds and still prevail. Once considered “dead”– her life not worth saving – Kate recovered from locked-in syndrome (total paralysis) and is now a professional author and speaker. Kate’s presentation shows her audience that the techniques she used to overcome her paralysis can help them overcome professional and organizational paralysis. Kate’s story demonstrates that there is nothing you cannot accomplish with the right attitude and the right tools.
One Hand Clapping: Appreciation before Accommodation
This presentation focuses on disability issues including human resources and compliance issues. Kate shows that employees and executives who have had to persist in spite of disabilities tend to develop uncommon creativity, determination, and resourcefulness that can lead to extraordinary contributions in the work place. Accommodation held in this context becomes a wise business move and a pleasure for all. Kate is determined to shift the attitude and approach of businesses and government agencies regarding disability accommodation. She shows employers how to shift the burden of straight jacket regulations, policies, procedures and legal requirements that the government forces upon them, into opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity in their workplaces.
Kate’s Story: The View from the Other Side of the Bed
This presentation gives healthcare professionals and patients’ advocate and support groups a chance to see the view from the other side of the bed. Kate shares her experience of being a critically ill hospital patient, unable to communicate but fully aware of the work going on around her. She speaks about the contribution that doctors, nurses, physical and vocational therapists, hospital administrators and even insurance companies made in her recovery. Kate’s husband, attorney and patient advocate, Steven Klugman, is available to participate in breakouts and panel discussions and shares valuable insights into the role of an advocate. Her experience powerfully illustrates the miracle of healing and the opportunity for healthcare professionals at every level to bring about that miracle.