Last week the ADHD community lost a leader, a friend, and a fellow member of the tribe when Kate Kelly, co-author of the groundbreaking book You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, died of cancer.
In recent years I got to know Kate when she joined us as a speaker at the Virtual AD/HD Conference. The word that instantly comes to mind to describe Kate is kind. She was a kind person; a kind soul. She accepted every person for who they were–strengths, weaknesses, successes, and challenges. I always appreciated that about Kate.
If you’ve never read You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!, then I advise you to pick up a copy. Even though it was first published nearly 20 years ago, it is still absolutely relevant to every adult with ADHD and it will help you better understand yourself and your ADHD.
And whether or not you’ve read the book, I think you’ll definitely enjoy hearing this presentation on “AD/HD in the Spirit” that Kate gave at the very first Virtual AD/HD Conference in 2008 (moderated by Terry Matlen). She opened up the conference, and she was one of the favorites that year! There’s some sage advice here, and you’re welcome to download this audio and play it over and over again.
Loss is always hard, but I’m comforted by the fact that Kate Kelly will be remembered and honored in our ADHD Community.
Please feel free to post in the comments and share your memories, thoughts, and feelings about Kate and her pioneering work in adult ADHD.