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Proud of East Texas: J. Aday Kennedy

By Joan Hallmark

In addition to writing her memoir, J. Aday Kennedy is the author of three published children's books, with a contract for nine more. But writing is painstakingly slow, since she can only write with one finger. Fourteen years ago, Aday contacted bacterial meningitis, which left her a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.

Aday doesn't remember much after a doctor sent her home with a diagnosis of the flu. She doesn't remember dying three times or knowing that her family was advised to "pull the plug." After finally gaining consciousness, Aday spent months in depression and despair. She finally decided to make the most of her life, took a writing course online, and launched a successful writing career. She also has added speaking engagements to her schedule. To arrange a speaking engagement or just to contact her, go to her website at

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