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Kate Kelly: In Memoriam – The Passing of an ADHD Pioneer

Kate Kelly, author and ADHD pioneer; Photo Courtesy
Kate Kelly, author and ADHD pioneer; Photo Courtesy

It was a sad morning, waking up to the news of Kate Kelly’s passing. If you’ve been newly diagnosed with ADHD, you might not have discovered Kate’s book, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid Or Crazy?!, which she co-authored with Peggy Ramundo – but you soon will.

Kate was truly a pioneer in the field, and she will be sorely missed.

I’m so sorry that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Kate in person, but her work and spirit inspired me, as it did so many others. I feel a kindred spirit with her; we are colleagues in the battle to educate others about adult ADHD; we are women with ADHD; we are both authors. But perhaps most personally of all, Kate was also a hand-drummer. This sealed the deal of sisterhood in my mind, and I’m especially sorry I didn’t get a chance to sit around a fire and make music with Kate.

I had known of Kate’s cancer diagnosis, and joined a wonderful organization called Caring Bridge ( to keep abreast of her treatment and developments. Having lost two moms (adoptive and birth) and many other relatives to cancer, I was familiar with what was being described as Kate went through her treatments, and my heart has been heavy – and light, as she was surrounded by such supportive family and friends.

Kate has left a legacy that will live on.  If you are not familiar with her work, my friend and colleague Rick Green has interviewed her for his excellent film A.D.D. & loving it?! You can also read her co-authored book, and can see her work (with Peggy Ramundo) at ADDitude Magazine.

Also be sure to visit‘s message in memoriam to Kate from Rick Green and his lovely wife Ava here. I know Ava and Rick join me, and countless others, in quiet sadness today as we reflect on Kate’s passing, and on our great loss – some personally, others like myself as part of the ADHD community. It’s a loss we’ll feel for some time to come.

My thoughts are with Kate’s family and friends: I am thinking of you and praying for you in your sadness, and send my sincerest condolences.

Thank you Kate. You were a true ADHD warrior and soul-sister. I will continue the work in your honour, and I will continue to do my best, always.

With love and gratitude,

Zoë Kessler


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Kate Kelly: In Memoriam – The Passing of an ADHD Pioneer

Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

Zoë Kessler is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker specializing in women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).

A frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine, Kessler has also created video, standup comedy, and guest blogs on ADHD and Marriage covering ADHD-related topics.

Zoë, an internationally recognized ADHD expert, has been interviewed on radio and featured in magazine articles, documentaries, and books on the topic of women and ADHD across North America.

Her newly-released memoir ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications, 2013) about life with ADHD is now available.

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Kessler, Z. (2012). Kate Kelly: In Memoriam – The Passing of an ADHD Pioneer. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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