Hello Everyone!

I grew up with my father always saying, “Never say never!”  The lesson was always keep your options open, don’t rule anything out.  Nonetheless, I thought I would never be a blogger.  I can barely keep up with my email, where was I going to find the time to blog??  And yet I sit here, posting my initial blog entry….

I’ll tell you why, I’m sure you’re wondering.  I am in the process of publishing my first book.  The working title is Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities. It’s a self-help book, with a slightly autobiographical perspective, about making the decision to embrace your disability (or major difference) into who you are and living life to the fullest. You’ll have to read the book to see  how the firewalk comes into play (how about that for a promo?).  The book has been a project of love I have been working on (and off) for the past 13 years! I felt called to record my triumphs and struggles to live the life I wanted, working through the challenges cerebral palsy poses from time to time to this. It is my hope  that the book may impart some wisdom to others experiencing the same.

So why the blog?  In the process of transitioning my career from full-time rehabilitation counselor to writer, public speaker and part-time counselor, I am learning that published writers now have to have a strong “online presence.”  I am also hoping the blog will generate conversations about the themes in my book – integrating a disability into one’s self-concept, working through the fear of being judged, releasing myths about disability – to just name a few.

My hope is this will be a weekly blog.  For those interested in reading, welcome and please comment if so inspired.

Happy Reading!





    • Vicky D'Agostino

      So glad you are sharing your wit and wisdom for the world to see! Firewalker indeed, but always a great smile and laugh to share–we are lucky to have you in our corner Kathy!

    • Kathleen Howey Murphy, LCSWR

      ROCK ON Mighty O’C !!! Good for you, and congratulations — as I am sure you know, all of your LeMoyne crew (including me!) are SO very proud of you and excited for you! I look forward to hearing / reading what you have to share, and sharing with my own clients! Love and hugs, Kathleen

    • Lori Johsnon

      awesome, so proud of you and excited – can’t wait for each update adn the final outcome. you are amazing. i love you

    • fran harmeyer

      Wonderful to see this Kathy!

    • Crista Zirgulis

      So excited about this NEW venture for you, although it was many years in the process. Many years of forming conclusions through academic learning, personal experiences, gaining knowledge outside yourself through working with others, and then finally gathering these collectively to form a book . Your book will guide so many through their own experience with greater understanding. Can’t wait to see how this comes to fuition in the coming months. Thanks for the front row seat. See you at your first book signing!

    • Karina Davis-Corr

      Congrats My Friend~
      I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read your book. You are an inspiration and a special gift to SO MANY!
      Love you,

    • Maureen Boyle

      Hi Kathy,

      I am so happy for you! I know this has been a dream of yours for a long time. I am really looking forward to “witnessing” your process and success. I loved reading your blog and look forward to future posts.


      • Kathy O'Connell

        So good to hear from you, Maureen! Always glad to have you for a witness!

    • Lynn Wood

      It’s good to see you here doing what you are meant to be doing. I am looking forward to reading the book and to hearing more on your blog about your life, the process your are going through with your publication, and anything else you want to share.

    • Nancy Pitman

      RUTHTHTHTHTH–You go girl!!! You have a story to tell the world and a world of educating to do…I wish you all the best in this latest adventure!!! Peace and Love to you, Nanc

    • Kurt

      YAY Kathy! I am looking forward to this and excited for you.

    • ann bradney

      Hi Kathy- I see my sister beat me to it but I am excited too at your transition to what I think is really what you are meant to be doing on this planet- reaching a LOT of people with your message. Can’t wait to see where you are going. I know it is going to be GREAT! love ann

      • Kathy O'Connell

        Thanks, Ann! Always remember you have been my #1 driving force, believing in me. Love, Kathy

    • Lauren Ferchau

      So proud of you 🙂 Can’t wait for your book!

    • Gail Bradney

      Hi, Kathy. I can hardly wait to see you on a national stage–showing others by your shining example how to live, love, and be strong, no matter what obstacles have been standing in their way. You are an inspiration to me.

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