On this journey of healing and doing my advocacy work, it is so easy to get caught up in “survivor mode” and lately I’ve been pondering these questions. “Who are you outside of being a survivor of sexual assault and mental health issues? What do you enjoy? What makes you, you? Who are you?”
I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt. Family is very important to me. Their love and support is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
I am a friend and have a heart of gold. I care with all my heart. It’s just who I am.
I am a part time library assistant. I love working with the library materials… keeping things circulating… and I love the interactions I have with those who come up to the desk.
I like spending my time reading, writing, watching shows and movies, and interacting on social media. I have a habit of spending too much money on stuff I don’t need that always ends up being clutter that stresses me out. I have a habit of letting things build up until I explode over the tiniest thing. What can I say? I’m 100% human.
I rise, I fall, but something I never do is give up. My battles with mental health issues and suicide ideation have made me realize just how strong I am. It’s made me realize that life is never perfect. I fall, I get up again. Every day is never quite the same. But, every day has something worth living for because I love being alive.
My passion in life is to help others. Use my struggles for the good. That’s my purpose. I advocate for other survivors and am an activist for raising awareness on things that are important to me.
Sexual assault is something that happened to me but it does not define me. I speak of my experiences often and I advocate for and support other survivors but being a survivor is just a fraction of who I am and I cannot be defined by that alone.
I am Katie, beautifully and wonderfully made.
Don’t let labels define you. It’s so easy to get swept up by our experiences but remember that you are more than a survivor. You are uniquely you. The good, the bad and the ugly. Embrace it!