November 2021 Newsletter: Kat Gordon
Meet Kathelene “Kat” Gordon…
Kat Gordon is a LIFTT consumer and Renaissance woman of the 21st century. With degrees in microcomputer operations and graphic communications, she continues learning anything that catches her interest. “I Love to learn, and I love to teach,” she said, “but, I love to create even more!” Her work ranges from crystal dream catchers to jewelry, baskets, books, and much more.
Kat is a native of Montana and publishes novels for her father, an old west enthusiast. She ‘also discovered a “low content” market allowing her to slam out 110 journals of various sizes and themes in a matter of weeks. Some of these journals showcase her original artwork and are currently available on Amazon.com by typing in her full name, Kathelene Gordon
In addition to design and publishing, Kat also developed skills in alchemy. She brews colloidal silver and makes soap from scratch. Kat plans to open her own apothecary with her product line and labels. “I can design just about anything,” she said.
Kat also designs her life on her own terms. She inherited a genetic disorder in which her kneecaps violently dislocate. As a child, she had experimental surgeries, but the procedures failed. She said she could function, but throughout the years it became more difficult. In addition, Kat has metal in her back, a torn shoulder, advanced arthritis, COPD, and more. A few years ago, she was hospitalized and upon release was granted home care.
“It sucked the life out of me to keep up with everything, but thanks to LIFTT and a caring doctor, I am getting the help I need so I can finally enjoy being alive and staying productive in my own ways.”
Her goals to stay productive currently include tackling Middle Eastern cooking, distilling, and moccasin design. ‘“At the beginning of every year,” she said, I torture myself with a new list of things to learn and hopefully master.”
Kat has a charming self-deprecating manner with a no-nonsense outlook and a lust for learning. “My ambitions are always bigger than my pocketbook, but learning is FREE!” she said, “I am grateful for my education, but I also appreciate technology and the many ways it has changed the world.” ‘Being disabled 100 years ago would have been horrible and I often think about how lucky I am to be in this century!”
Kat’s positive outlook is due in part to The Secret, a philosophy that taught her how to focus on what she wants and the enormous power of gratitude. “It gave me the tools I needed even though it’s a slow process,” she said. Despite challenges, Kat seeks inspiration through a need to be greater than her disabilities, a desire to never stop learning, and a hunger for success.
Her advice to others living with disabilities is just as candid: “Don’t fake being ok because you’re trying to be ‘normal.’ If you leave the walker at home; you’ll only wear it on your face! People can see your pain and they interpret it as anger. Giving in to the embarrassment of using walking aids in public isn’t easy, but you’ll be treated better than with an angry face. Plus, you will be more comfortable and safer. Use your aids even if you feel the need to shop in the next town over. I get that and it’s ok!”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article misspelled Ms. Gordon’s first name, it is in fact Kathelene. LIFTT regrets the error.