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Paralyzed but Not Powerless

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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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Paralyzed but Not Powerless

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Paralyzed but Not Powerless

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About the Author

New Zealand born Kate Adamson lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Steven, and her two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Rachel. Since her devastating stroke in 1995, Kate 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. Kate has been a national spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and is 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. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is a popular keynote presenter to corporate conventions, medical association events, and local and national service organizations

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Reviews of Paralyzed but Not Powerless

  1. Karen Greiner says:

    My brother is fighting for his life right now. He had the same injury as you. His wife made the decision after 3 days of his brain stem stroke to let him go 🙁 we’ve tried everything… An emergency order of protection was our last resort. He’s now been on Hospice for 4 days with no fluids.. And heavily medicated. Just 2 days ago we witnessed him communicating thru blinking his eyes… Crying, moving his fingers and toes, squeezing our hands…to now almost nothing! 🙁 fevers.. And breathing hard. So sad.. Wish we would have found you sooner Kate. However you do sound amazing.. And are truly creating a memorable legacy. I thank you dearly for that.

    Karen Greiner

  2. sebouh kandilian says:

    Hello Kate,
    I suffered a hemorrhagic brainstem stroke at age 22 when I was a first year optometry student, studying to be an eye doctor. My hemorrhage was related to my childhood benign brainstem cerebellar tumor( astrocytoma) which was first partially removed in 84 at age seven. The residual mass showed signs of regrowth two years after and I had to have radiation therapy in 86. IN college I had several more brain surgeries for hydrocephalus a cyst and a hematoma. In 99 i was a first year optometry student and i suffered a brainstem hemorrhagic stroke which left me with double vision ringing in ear right facial paralysis where i cant chew on that side use a straw to drink, i have balance deficits ( ataxia) , fatigue , chronic headaches almost everyday hearing loss in right ear and more. As you can imagine life is now hard and i want to do more but i cant because everyday is like a rollercoaster. One day im good but the next three weeks i am not. My biggest complaint are the headaches and they make me tired fatigued nauseous i lose appetite too. Head feels like in a vice all day and now i cant sleep well. I enjoy digital photography and I exhibit them at my rehab hospital in boston. I like to do something more to feel more productive. Socially life is not the same either but what can i do. Let me know if you know others in similar situations. i am interested in talking to other young adults also who are facing this and can give me helpful information. Some of my photos of boston are on my site Take care Kate.


  3. Kendra says:

    What an impact! Kate’s story eerily parallels mine, only years later. I also was severely disabled and “locked in” by 12 strokes, including 2 in my brainstem, when I was 35. This book offered me hope to keep fighting, because each day even putting on my shoes is a struggle and sometimes I just want to quit being me for all the frustration, but I have 4 small children and I simply can’t stop fighting. I’m passing this book on to my occupational theripist because it is so filled with great info. I am chronicling my recovery ( along with a few recipes because I love to cook…even one handed) on my blog.

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  5. Mark Ponder says:

    Hi Kate. My brother, Todd, suffered a brain stem stroke on November 17th, 2014, just 9 days before his 43rd birthday. He is locked in at this point, only able to communicate through rolling his eyes up or down, though he does have tears when he is upset. He has been in ICU at University of Arizona Research hospital since the stroke, and has just recently been approved to be air transported from Tucson to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago next week to begin, what is hopefully, a journey of healing. I found you through google, and wanted to reach out to you for any advice for keeping Todd motivated, and letting him know there is hope, and that you are living proof of what faith, determination, and a will to survive can produce. Todd has a loving wife, a 10 yr old son, and a 10 month old daughter, who need their daddy. We will be ordering your book, hoping to inspire Todd and those around him to work hard and see what God has in store for him. I am grateful for finding you, and inspired by your story to overcome the unthinkable, and work to help others going through what you did. God bless and I hope to hear from you.

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