Finding this letter I had written to myself was just the reminder I needed! I have come so far. Dear Katie, You’re not broken or damaged, you are just a little bit bruised. Bruises heal. You are proof of it. You spent years going through hell with your mental illnesses, your self harming and your … Continue reading Survivor Love Letter: To My Past Self From My Current Self
Get Happy. My new Bath and Body Works Lotion and Body Spray set. Even nearly 9 years later I am still learning how to love my body after it betrayed me. I'm slowly realizing that it wasn't my body that betrayed me but my abuser. I'm slowly learning to love my body just the way … Continue reading Get Happy: Self Care After Being Sexually Abused
Dear Survivor, You are so incredibly brave. It takes great courage to get out of bed each morning and try to make the most of each day. Some days are hard, you may not even want to get out of bed and if you aren't able to, that's ok. You are still so brave and … Continue reading Survivor Love Letter
When I first remembered that I had been raped, I told a few people that I had met online through the Law and Order: SVU fandom. That was when I first found my voice. I later told a few people in real life. My therapist, a co-worker and a few others. I must say I … Continue reading Why I Support The Family Center
I wanted to write a blog post on what it’s like to live with multiple mental health issues. Please note: could possibly trigger. Please read with caution. Welcome to hell. I was introduced to this hell as a 14 year old. I literally fought for my life though, depression, anxiety, suicide attempts etc and I … Continue reading Welcome To Hell – Life With Mental Health Issues
Christmas time is here! Jeff and I had a great Thanksgiving. I made Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time. It wasn't much, but to me it was everything. I'm very proud of my accomplishment, however small it may be. Then we watched Home Alone. That just happens to be my favorite Christmas movie! We also … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
To everything there is a season. It's my time for LIFE. My time to be REBORN. My time to HEAL. My time to BUILD on my life. My time to LAUGH. My time to DANCE. My time to THROW OUT the old. My time to HUG and embrace life and all the special people I know. … Continue reading There is a Time For Everything
I hear these words and in my mind I hear the hymn we used to sing in church. It also reminds me of The Family Center that has helped give me a voice. And I am reminded that I am never ever alone. Jesus is my Shelter in the Time of Storm. He has been … Continue reading A Shelter in The Time Of Storm
Jeff and I have been together as a couple for about 8 wonderful years. Where I thought my life had ended (or needed to end) this guy helped me realize that I could lay the bad to rest and that love was the answer. We have been officially "married" for almost two years now! With many more years ahead!
Yes, I was raped and I'm still a survivor.
Becoming Katie Butterfly I have struggled with mental illness, anxiety, and sexual assault in my life. It once held be back, even almost killed me, but like a butterfly I have come out of the darkness and into a beautiful life! I have found my voice and it's so beautiful. I have so much to … Continue reading Why I Created Becoming Katie Butterfly
I was introduced to the horrifying world of depression, anxiety, and the constant need to self harm at the age of 14. I just turned 28. I have come so far and I am able to work part time again. But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that most of the time, the little bit I’m out living a “normal” life, it can take all the strength I can muster and when I go home, all I want to do is be at home away from the world and work on my self care so I can go out and do it again.