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.
November 2021 Newsletter: Director’s Corner
I am proud to announce that on September 16, 2021, the board of directors approved a Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility (DIEA) Statement for LIFTT. Although DIEA has always been a priority of our team members and consumers, the events of 2020 inspired LIFTT to revisit these themes and remember why we exist. This statement symbolizes a renewal of LIFTT’s commitment to advance DIEA in its service area, among its team members and consumers, according to its mission and vision.
LIFTT provides independent living services in 18 counties located in the Southeast part of Montana. Its highly diverse and equitable team is prepared to meet and relate to the diversity of the population of the service area, allowing them to have equal access to the possibilities and opportunities of the 21st century.
Based on its new DIEA Statement, LIFTT is seeking new ways to engage and enhance the DIEA experience of its team members and consumers. LIFTT wants to create more equity and create equal opportunity in Southeast Montana around gender, generation, nationality and ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and not only disabilities.
For the time being, I will be both LIFTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). Please take time to review LIFTT’s DIEA statement and do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any comments and suggestions related to LIFTT’s DIEA Statement .
I wish our consumers, partners, and team members happy holidays.
LIFTT Executive Director
The November 2021 LIFTT Connection Newsletter is now available!LIFTT-Connection-11.2021
In this Issue:
- LIFTT Praises Billings Clinic for response to hearing impaired paitents
- Join LIFTT on its adventure in 2022
- Weekly Online Peer Support Group
- Director’s Corner : DIversity, Equity Acessiblity & Inclusion
- Consumer Spotlight: Kat Gordon
- Support LIFTT in your year-end giving
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