Mark Dunning, Founder and Chairman, Usher Syndrome Coalition
Kate Morell is a hero to a disenfranchised community of several hundred thousand desperate and frightened people. Usher syndrome is a genetic disorder. People with the disease, like Kate, are born with hearing loss and eventually lose their sight. Kate’s honest and deeply personal writing for the Usher syndrome blog, her willingness to lay open her soul and give voice to her fears, has given countless people the courage to face their condition and hope for the future.
Many use her words as a talisman to get through their day and her blog posts are the common language that holds the community together.
It is hard to overstate the positive impact she has had.
Emily Sheperd, Usher Kids Australia
Kate Morell was a guest speaker at our recent Usher Syndrome Awareness Day held at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is an integral part of the Usher community in Australia and her writing has reached the hearts of many across the globe.
There was not a dry eye in the house during her speech to celebrate Usher Syndrome Awareness Day which was attended by families, friends and clinicians.
We wish her all the very best for her future writing and speaking endeavours.
Michael Curtin, Associate Professor (Occupational Therapy), Charles Sturt University
Thank you for allowing us some insight into your life.
I have to admit that your story moved me – well I think what really moved me is your positive approach to living your life.
And now that I have read something that you have written (your email) I am now intrigued to read the blog that you write. You have a beautiful and engaging writing style.