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Rebecca Alexander came to national prominence with the release of her book Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found in which she shares her journey of going deaf and blind due to a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome (type III). Now almost completely blind and deaf, her powerful philosophy of positive thinking, physical and emotional well-being, and perseverance have made her a frequent motivational speaker at corporate and non-profit events.
Rebecca was told she’d be completely blind by age 30. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered, she discovered she would lose her hearing as well. Despite these obstacles, Rebecca refused to lose her drive and zest for life and rose above and beyond every challenge she faced.
Rebecca is an extreme athlete and group fitness instructor who has summited Mt Kilimanjaro, swam from Alcatraz to shore in the San Francisco Bay, participated in the 600-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS Lifecycle ride, and regularly competed in the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) races for extreme athletes. Rebecca greets every day with her boundless energy, innate curiosity, and a strength of spirit that have led her to places most of us can’t begin to imagine. Rebecca’s determination to live a rich and meaningful life while achieving her goals is inspiring people with and without disabilities across the globe.
Breathe In Peace, Breathe Out Fear: A Mantra for Self-Acceptance
As a teenager, Rebecca learned that by the age of 30 she would be completely blind and deaf due to a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome (type III). How did a diagnosis like this motivate Rebecca not simply to survive but to thrive in the face of unimaginable loss? Rebecca shares her deeply moving and personal journey of loss, resilience, perseverance, and hope that has led her to an illuminated life filled with tremendous meaning, hard work, intimacy, fulfillment, and self-acceptance.