Welcome To Hell – Life With Mental Health Issues

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 […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

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 […]

There is a Time For Everything

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. […]

My Past Does Not Define Me

Yes, I am a survivor of many things. Depression, anxiety, self-harm, Borderline Personality, rape and PTSD. But, that is not who I am. I am Katie Butterfly. I have come through much darkness and into the light. I have turned into a beautiful young woman. I love with all my heart, I enjoy many things, […]

MHAM: Katie’s Story

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.

MHAM: Jamie’s Story

My dear friend has agreed to let me share her story with you for Mental Health Awareness Month. ************************** “I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in an area referred to as the Copper Country. I was in 6th grade when it all began. I started getting really depressed, but my dad didn’t […]

MHAM: Ashley’s Story

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and I’m going to be sharing stories as they come to me. This is my best friend Ashley’s Story. ************** Speak Out: Ashley’s Story “Hello, my name is Ashley and I am 19 years old. I am writing to you all today to tell my story, thanks to the wonderful […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

Depression. Anxiety. Self-harm. Not knowing if you want to live or die. Afraid to speak up because people don’t understand. This invisible illness is very real indeed. It may be invisible to the blind eye but to those who suffer with it or have family or friends that deal with it, it is a very […]

Speak Out: Jenn’s Story

“The youngest memory I have of my life is when my Grandmother and her husband was getting a divorce and he came after her with a shovel threatening to kill her, I was three years old. At such a young age, I kind of had an idea how some men were; my biological father seem […]

Speak Out: Rose’s Story

Thank you Rose for sharing your story with us. You are incredible. And yes, you ARE a thriver! Since Rose wrote this, she has married her fiancé and they are expecting a baby boy anytime now (if he hasn’t come already!) I just love success stories!!! ******************************************** “I had a pretty good childhood, but just […]