Truthfully, as illustrated by the incredible length of that video, I struggle to even explain the story of my life and that is okay. Hopefully with time, I will feel more equipped to explain it better.
However, for those who would like a concise version, I encourage you to check out what this blessed stranger wrote in the Daily Mail. She tells my life story far better than I still can. This article was an honor and to this day and probably forever, it will be a beacon of clarity and progress for me. Feel free to check it out here.
To get a few more kind stranger's take on all the ridiculous things I do, feel free to check out these links.
The faces of positively kate. unapologetic. unashamed. and more often than not, totally psyched to be here.
I think of myself as just a girl. The truth is I am thirty years old but I wake up every day as an 18 year old. Shockingly ;), due to rare side effects from three electroconvulsive treatments during my first psychiatric hospitalization, my memory resets to my first week of college each morning. I spend my days relearning who I am, where I fit in and all the complicated realities of this beautiful world we live in. It's confusing, spectacular, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time.
If there is one thing I know it is that I am honored to be alive. I survived a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, 21 psychiatric hospitalizations, over 50 medication trials and 4 years of constant suicidality. With the death of my main doctor and the doubt of another, the entire course of my life changed. I was given a second chance.
I am here to love and live the hell out of that second chance.
I am here to dance away my ptsd demons, write my truth, find light in the darkness and celebrate it all no matter if it makes sense or not. Mostly, I am here to love myself and you, get silly, find gratitude and spread as much light and stigma fighting truth as I can while still on this planet I have the privilege to call home.
It is time to end the stigma surrounding mental health and change our perception of beauty.
My life goal is to help in any and every single way I can.