Hi, I'm Kate...

Hi. I’m Kate.

Addiction first entered my life when I was 13 years old. I am the friend, family member, and girlfriend of a substance abuser. If I have learned anything through these years of pain and trauma, I have learned I am so much more than addiction.

I want to save someone else from experiencing what I have. I want to show you there is a light that shines much brighter than addiction. There is hope and together we can make a difference. On December 26th, 2018 I tragically lost the love of my life to an overdose. From that moment forward, my life has changed drastically. I do this in honor of him, and those we have lost to this disease...in the hope that I can help save a precious life.

I am a three year member of The Loved Ones Support Group in Hurricane, WV. My group saved my life. I have successfully ran my own business for 3 years. I am extremely passionate about my career as a hairstylist—it is very therapeutic. I have experienced the healing of music and dance parties in your kitchen. I have attended multiple schools with friends of mine sharing education, prevention, and awareness on substance abuse.

I have an army of loving support who give me strength when I am weak. I have found a new love for yoga and meditation. I wake up everyday wanting to share hope with hurting people. I find hope in my pain. I have attended multiple therapy sessions. I have a smile that is extremely contagious and a heart prepared to give and receive love. I have cried, hurt, screamed, and crawled through the pits of hell... but I have also grown.

I’m not here for sympathy, I’m here to remind you that you are not alone. I am more than addiction... You are, too.