I got to know Katie about four years ago, when I interviewed her for a video that ODC was producing. I was immediately struck by her strength and dignity in the face of what often seemed like insurmountable struggles. It’s been a long journey for Katie, one that she tells so eloquently. I will let Katie tell her story…
“My journey with ODC started several years back, when I had a mental breakdown that took away my ability to work because of my depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder. I met with someone at ODC to see if I could do some kind of work again. I did a few temporary job trials to see if anything would fit my needs and interests, and I did a little bit of work at the actual site of ODC, but I was still very, very sick. I spent most of that time in and out of the hospitals for suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts. Eventually, we found the fit of working at local library and I was able to do a temporary job trial there - and I was eventually hired!
That was about 6 1/2 years ago. Since then, I have had a promotion and I’m happier than ever! I’ve been doing so well at work and using my natural and professional support systems.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped me on this journey, from when I fell on my face as a teenager to now, as I’m taking my life back! It’s taken years, but, oh, the places I’ll go!
To everyone at ODC: thank you for believing in me and for giving me the chance to prove myself, and for helping give me the tools to get to where I am today. It’s been a journey and I’ve fought so hard to get here.
I feel like I am a success. A success story. I have my wings and now it’s time to fly!”
I am so proud to know Katie, and so happy that ODC played a part in her growth and success. Congratulations, Katie, on being chosen to receive ODC’s 2017 Personal Achievement Award for the Marshfield area!
To see all the photos from the 2017 Awards Dinner, CLICK HERE.