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Paralyzed but Not Powerless

About the Book

The 2nd edition of Paralyzed but not Powerless is available. The content is reorganized, refreshed and easier to read.

What would it be like to be locked in a glass coffin?  You can see, hear and feel everything but are completely unable to tell anyone that you are alive.  That is what “Locked-In syndrome” is.  You are totally paralyzed – unable to move a finger or a toe – you cannot even blink to let anyone know you are alive and aware.

When Kate Adamson experienced a double brain-stem stroke, her bright tomorrow turned into a dark timeless tunnel. The lessons she learned there – and recounts in her book, Paralyzed but not Powerless – are a model for anyone who feels their goals are just out of reach.

Her book chronicles in much greater detail than a one hour speech possibly can, her suffering, surviving and healing. It demonstrates the focus and determination required to survive such an experience; and the role medical professionals and legal advocates play in making the difference between life and death, mere survival and outstanding success.

Kate’s story connects the fragility of life with the power of the human spirit. Paralyzed but not Powerless includes a medical analysis of her ordeal and amazing recovery by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology, UCLA School of Medicine.  Also included are comments “from the other side of the bed” by Steven Klugman.  As the patient’s husband and as her attorney and advocate, he dealt with the personal, spiritual, moral, as well as the legal and medical ramifications of his wife’s journey through the dark and hopeless tunnel of total paralysis, overcoming one in a million odds against survival, to the light of her new life.

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About the Author

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Since her devastating stroke in 1995, New Zealand born Kate Adamson has accomplished more than anyone ever imagined. She has testified on behalf of the American Heart Association, before the United States Congress for more funding for stroke and heart research. She has been a national spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and a board member of the Stroke Association in Los Angeles. She was appointed to the University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Board of Counselors.  Member of the National Speakers Association, and the National Association of Social Workers, she is a popular keynote presenter to medical association events, corporate conventions, and local and national service organizations.

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  1. Anyone who’s had a stroke or cares for, or about someone who’s suffered its devastating effects should read “Paralyzed But Not Powerless” by Kate Adamson. It doesn’t matter if you weren’t as severely stricken as Kate, who had Locked In Syndrome, the most dreaded of all the disabilities caused by stroke. Kate’s story illustrates the power of hope in the face of catastrophe. She persevered despite the doctor’s dire predictions – her story is fascinating.

    Kate offers solid advice as well as uplifting anecdotes. The addition of her husband, Steven’s, comments give an invaluable 360-view by including the points of view of patient and caregiver. She tells the unvarnished truth about her recovery, including the hardships, frustrations and fears that she endured as well as her successes.

    Don’t miss this book. Reading it will show that stroke victims are not alone and there is always hope. Just hang on! No one comes out of stroke whole, but Kate proves that whatever the results of an individual’s recovery they are worth fighting for.

  2. Kate Adamson’s book, “Paralyzed but not Powerless” was so enthralling to read. Kate could of been left alone to die but with her husbands persistence and Kate’s inner strength, Kate survived. Kate fought while only being able to “think and blink her eyes”. Kate had a great determination to not give up “hope”. This book is a must read,especially for the Stroke Survivor and neurological injured, like myself and my wife. Kate is such a amazing survivor!

  3. Paralyzed But Not Powerless, is a gripping and visceral story of overcoming the impossible. A healthy young woman suffers a double brainstem stroke resulting in LOCKED-IN Syndrome, but back in the year that happened, neither the diagnosis of stroke for such a young woman, nor Locked In Syndrome was well-known. Kate was assumed to be brain dead, yet her mind and ability to feel were completely intact. Kate’s account of being in a””glass coffin” trapped in a body unable to signal any awareness of her completely lucid and functioning mind or even any pain response was so detailed and painful, I had to read those initial chapters in short spurts. The story is brilliantly told between Kate’s point of view and her husband’s “FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED.” A neurologist also adds insight helping the reader integrate all the pieces to gain greater understanding. Kate’s journey of persistence and grueling determination to recover, fueled by her powerful maternal drive to reconnect with her babies ,who were only 18 months and 3 years old when she had her stroke, combined with her husband’s relentless pursuit of advocating for his wife, make this story truly epic. There were other bizarre complications that add another level of depth and drama to this story: A nanny hired to help this desperate father begins to criminally assume the identity of Kate. Kate’s story of recovery takes us all the way from total paralysis to Speaking before Congress where she advocated for medical research for Stroke. Kate has become an acclaimed speaker who is both charismatic and inspirational. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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