Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 28, 2004
In 1995, Kate Adamson was a beautiful, vibrant, physically fit mother of two precious green eyed little girls. She went to sleep one night in her beautiful five bedroom home in an exclusive California neighborhood. She awoke the next morning experiencing the beginnings of a massive stroke. She was bewildered and frightened. Within twenty minutes she was trapped in her totally paralyzed body, unable to do anything, screaming silently for help.
Did you know that 700,000 people suffer strokes each year in the United States? Did you know that it is the number one cause of adult disability in this country? And that it doesnÂt just impact the elderly. Most people do not realize how often strokes affect young people.
It was at the young age of 33, in the peak of health and physical condition, Kate Adamson suffered her brain stem stroke. Her only means of communication was blinking her eyes. ÂI had been experiencing migraine headaches for a month prior to the stroke,Â Adamson said. Unwavering determination and years of rehabilitation restored her to a relatively normal life. She is still partially paralyzed, but this quietly dynamic professional speaker is inspiring new direction and determination in individuals and corporations who THINK they are paralyzed by circumstances beyond their control.
When asked what she focused on to help her recovery from paralysis, Adamson replied, ÂYou would think I would focus on something important like being able to hug my children or to hike again or drive down the coast by myself or something like that. But sometimes it is the simpler things that get us through. All I could focus on is how good it would feel to drink lime Gatorade and walk again in fancy high heeled shoesÂ- hence the theme for her speech on personal focus and motivation. ÂGreen Gatorade, and Pink Pumps.Â
An outpatient physical therapist informed her that she would never wear heels again only safe sensible tennis shoes. "It may seem silly to you, but I was devastated. I cried when I gave away all of my favorite heels," Adamson explained. At a recent event, she was awarded a pair of pink high heeled shoes. ÂI may not be able to walk in heels but there is no reason why I canÂt wear them,Â Adamson said. While seated in her wheelchair, she slipped on the first pair of heels she has worn since her stroke a decade ago. She then asked for Gatorade but no one in the audience had any. Sorry, maybe next time, Kate!
Kate Adamson is an International speaker, award-winning author of KateÂs Journey; Triumph over Adversity. She has been featured on national wide media including The OÂReilly Factor, Abrams report, Fox News, 700 club and Lifetime TV.
Her story has appeared in numerous national magazines including Redbook.
What Kate advises people to look for, is to be educated and know the five warnings of stroke.
1. Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.
2. Sudden dimness or loss of vision (particularly in one eye)
3. Loss of speech, trouble talking or understanding speech.
4. Sudden, severe headaches with no apparent cause.
5. Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls.
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