About the Writer

Kait grew up in Illinois with her loving, supportive parents, and an older brother whom she greatly admires. Kait currently resides in the Chicago-land area with the love of her life, a daughter, their two cats, and two ferrets.  She is currently continuing her education at a local university with hopes of working in the medical field one day. After experiencing and struggling with her own ups and downs, she found some relief and hope through writing. In her early teens, she began writing a few screenplays. She enjoyed writing screenplays about social issues such as fitting in at school, bullying, identity issues, friendship, and love. The most interesting thing about her screenplays, or any of her works for that matter, is that she could strongly relate to the material because those issues had affected her or someone she truly cared about in her life. She has never been afraid to open her heart to others and that definitely may contribute to her honest, heart-felt talent. By her mid-teens, she had been through quite a bit by then. Disaster after disaster, one roadblock after another, she didn't know when she'd ever feel hope again. During the times of despair, she felt inspired to write again and began writing poetry. She would write poetically and personally about the people she cared about in her life, the issues she was facing with them, the feelings she felt, the experiences she was going through, and the things that she simply did not understand. It wasn't until February of 2011 when she decided that she could use all that she has learned and gained from her experiences to share with others and educate them as well. She truly enjoys helping people and would love more than anything to make a difference especially when it comes to mental health and the stigma.

 

Basic Information:

Name: Kait

Age: 29

Resides: Illinois, USA

Education: 

  • Graduated high school in 2006.
  • Graduated with an Associate's degree.
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Biology.

Relationship Status: Happily Married

Children: 1 beautiful daughter born in 2017.

Pets: Two adorable kitties and two ferrets.

Hobbies: Writing/blogging, watching movies, listening to music, animals (cats especially), computers/surfing the web, social media, photography, playing video games (The Sims, Minecraft, Counter Strike: CSGO, Cities Skylines), and outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, camping, traveling, road trips, and attending sporting events.

Life Goals (In no particular order):

1. A life full of happiness and stability.

2. Keep doing positive things for myself and succeed in what I do and enjoy.

3. Have success and enjoyment in college and a career.

Feel free to visit and check out my other blog sites: 

The Beauty of Being Untypical

http://kait-leigh.blogspot.com/

 

 

93 Comments

  1. Hi Kait… You have a wonderful site going here. I stopped by to thank you for visiting and following The Vision of Poets. I’m honored that you enjoyed it. I’ve been reading for awhile now and think you’re spreading a great deal of positiveness and reassurance to a large number of us in this community. Thank you so much for your efforts and for sharing it all with us.

  2. So nice to have found you and your blog. I have a daughter about your age, and in some ways, you echo a great deal of her life experience. She has been blessed/cursed with aspects of BPD. It seems that your words reflect what she might be feeling, but is afraid to discuss with me, being ever protective of my mental state. Thank you for your candor, I could never have done it at your age; so much shame, so much denial…but there can be healing, or at least, balance. Onward.

  3. Hi Kait,
    Thank you for following my blog. What an honor to have you along for the journey. Best of luck to you.

  4. I’m truly grateful for you visiting my blog and following it. This led me to you, and from only being here a short time, I know this is just what I need. What you’re doing here is great, not just for supporting others with bipolar but bringing us all together to alter the way in which we relate to society. I admire your bravery and authenticity and really look forward to reading more from you!

  5. Thank you for following my blog, Sophisticating the Rudimentary. As the name implies, I approach my site as a way to motivate myself to write, hone my fledgling skills as a storyteller, and share my works-in-progress with a larger audience. That being said, I ask you read each post with a critical eye. What doesn’t make sense? Where are there gaps that need to be filled? Where do gaps need to be left open? What would be a fun place for the story to go? What more do you want to know? What should be left to the reader to understand? Please do not hesitate to leave critical feedback on any or all of the pieces on my site! That is one of the motivating reasons behind my decision to keep this blog going. Also, please feel free to share my work with readers whose feedback you think my pieces might benefit from. As I continue to work, I update my pieces on the site in the hopes that we can track this process of revision together.
    Yours in letters,
    Daniel J. Metzger

  6. Hey Kait, thanks for dropping by and following my mostly poetic writings. I hope they mean something to you as much as they do to me.

  7. Hi! Thanks for following me! And in true, stalker-like fashion, I will now start following you. 🙂 I will also add that I’ve struggled with/dealt with depression, anxiety, cutting, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism most of my life. I absolutely know, and understand, where you’re coming from.

  8. Thanks for following my blog. It’s nice to meet you Kait. 🙂

  9. Hi, Kait.

    Thanks so much for visiting Bleached Bone Valley and following! I’m enjoying reading your blog and look forward to seeing more.

    Cheers,
    AZ Gringa

  10. Kait–I am brand new to the whole blogging thing. I got an email yesterday that you were the first follower of my new blog….I hadn’t even set it up yet! Wow! How did you find it? Anyway, I love what you have to say and we have a similar goal. Feel free to check out my blog now that it is set up. http://www.despairtodeliverance.com.

    Thanks for your interest and good luck with everything. Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D.

  11. Hi Kait! Thanks for following my page. I have read yours and I appreciate how generous you are in sharing about yourself and experiences in life. I look forward to reading more of your posts..:)

  12. Hi Kait. Thank you for following Toss The Typewriter (my blog). It was great to see your ‘follow’ because I then found your site!

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog so I could discover yours. You have such a strong voice and are lucky to have found writing at this stage of your life. I’m sure there are many who will be inspired by you. Wishing you much success!

  14. Hi kait nice to meet you. I definitely will be following you!!

  15. Hi Kait:
    Thank you for following AnchoredInKnowledge. I believe you follow me on Twitter too! You have an interesting story and I’m glad that you are sharing your experience with us. Even as a therapist I enjoy reading about the personal lives of individuals searching for ways to cope with life, challenges, and health conditions. This is where I truly learn, not from my office or the DSM!

    I wish you all the best
    @therapisttee

  16. Thanks so much for visiting and subscribing to Amazing Life Kait! Wish you the best of luck in everything you do and keep up with your amazing blog!

  17. Kait, it is an absolute pleasure to have you following my blog! I love what you write and what you stand for, you are BEAUTIFUL and you should never stop what you are doing!

  18. Like!! (The Like button is taking ages to load 😉 ) Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I subscribed to yours. Looking forward to your posts!! 🙂 Heila

  19. Thanks for visiting me and following JoyousParadox.com. May you continue to walk the path of hope and health.

    — Mary Ann

  20. feel honored!
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    RAOUL

  21. Hi Kait,

    I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for following my page 🙂

  22. Thank you so much for visiting my blog Elaine’s Random Thoughts and for the follow! I appreciate it so much. I look forward to reading your posts on this site. I admire how you are handling your life with bipolar disease in a healthy manner!

  23. Great job with the site Kait and it’s a brave thing to share your story like you do. It’s also good to hear that writing has helped you through your issues because the fact is that there’s many other ways to help a person with a mental illness besides just medication and talk sessions with a therapist…
    Best wishes

  24. Hi Kat…..Thanks for following my blog. my focus has always been on happiness and achievement…achieving inner peace, keep the mind clear of all those thoughts that are distressing. Hope has great potential if we keep it alive! look forward to your comments also.

  25. Kait – Many thanks for signing up to follow my blog! I hope that you will enjoy my posts! Good luck to you as you travel through school! It is a totally worthwhile experience! I hope that I will get to see your name on a screenplay in theaters someday! – B

  26. Beautiful 🙂 I look forward to reading your stuff!

  27. Thanks so much for the follow. Keep up the great work and have an awesome day.

  28. Thank you so much for joining wePoets, it’s much appreciated. We’d be happy to showcase your work should you want to share. If so our submission page explains the “how to’s” 🙂

  29. Hey there,
    I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out what’s next here: http://gammagamification.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/double-nominee-for-the-liebster-award-thank-you-irene-and-rienne/
    Hope you like it? 🙂
    Have a great day,
    Chris

  30. Hi Kait… Just wanted to pass on my thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and for being brave enough to ‘Follow’ it 🙂 I do wonder how you stumbled across it though? I admit, it’s all a bit new still, but I hope you liked what you read so far, as much as I have writing.

    It’s amazing how many people have some history with personal issues if they are honest. We all have skeletons, some hidden, some poking their skulls out occasionally. The challenge is how to understand them, and deal with them so that we can crack on with life, and enjoy it, irrespective of our afflictions. Looking forward to seeing more from you too.

    Uncle Spike

  31. Friends of mine are suffering with this, in fact even in the family. But the friends are closer….great blog….not so keen on ferrets though…had a bad run in with one of them once….less said the better.

  32. Hi Kait,
    Thanks for finding at following me at FarfetchedFriends!
    There is a lot of good reading here on your blog, and I look forward to reading your future posts as well.
    Vanessa

  33. Hi Kait,
    Thanks for the follow on our blog! We’re still getting used to the whole blogging world, but it seems like a great community here.
    Was reading some of your archives and really love what your doing here. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    OS

  34. Hi Kait!! =)

    Thanks for swinging by my blog and followed it! It is such a pleasant surprise as I have just started to venture into the world of blogging. And it has been a pleasure reading your stories and thoughts! =) As a medical student, we often shadow and see from the perspective of a clinician.Your blog has given me the privilege to gain insight from the other side of the table, thank you!

  35. Hi Kait!

    Thanks for following my blog. As you may read from most of my posts, I’m combating this sickness as well. The problem is when I tell my friends and (immediate)family members that I have depression, they just laugh it off. It definately pissed me. Some said I have to get over it. Anyway, the best way is through writing. Confessional writing rules. Keep in touch.

  36. Thank you for taking a few moments to follow my blog. I hope that, from time to time, I create something that rewards your investment in me. 🙂

  37. Thank you for the follow, Kait! I enjoy your blog. It’s so inspirational! I am surrounded by people with mental illnesses. It’s all around me, almost everywhere I look. Growing up, you’re not taught much about it. but, I bet everyone knows at least one person affected by it. Nice to see you overcoming it all. 🙂

  38. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner.

  39. Hi, Kait. Thanks for the follow over at http://the-fog-blog.com. I admire what you’re doing here. You’ve created a gathering place for others to speak and learn and find a bit of hope. Blessings to you on your blog…and your upcoming marriage!

  40. Hi Kait,
    Thanks for following my blog, I like to write about lots of different things that touch my life. At present I am editing my novel which is about a woman with mental health issues.Your blog is really interesting, I so admire what you do on here – I shall be back to read more! Wishing you all the best.

  41. Hi there Kait,
    thank you so much for deciding to follow me on http://www.postsofhypnoticsuggestion.wordpress.com, I really appreciate it.
    If you do social media, I’m also on https://twitter.com/@tbtalks & Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/PostsOfHypnoticSuggestion. If you’d like to join in there as well, you’d be really welcome.
    Wishing you all the best
    Tony

  42. Hello Kait, and thanks for joining the readers of my blog. Funny, our stories are very different, and yet similarities abound. I can’t wait to get into your archives. On my site, you will find my Friends page, where my readers leave info about themselves and their blogs, and anything else they want my other readers to know. I hope you will do the same. Welcome!

  43. Hi Kait! Thanks so much for the follow–that makes my heart do little happy dances!! “See” you around! xx

    Allie // callmesassafras.wordpress.com

  44. Keep fighting hard to make life more than an unending struggle! Thanks for following me. I hope I can make you laugh occasionally. x

  45. Kate, are you familiar with Tom Wootton and his highly-effective approach to those with Bipolar disorders – to help bring people to Bipolar In Order. His organization is called Bipolar Advantage. His approach helped me greatly with my depression.

  46. Thank you for the follow! I hope you enjoy my posts! Looking forward in reading your posts from what I’m reading I know I’m going to love it!
    -Jose Clavell

  47. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog!
    LOVE
    Sara

  48. Thank you so much for dropping by and following my blog! 🙂

  49. Thanks for following me. Bloggers Rock! Express yourself creatively and healthfully through words! Freedom of Speech! God Bless America!

  50. good blog, worth to read,
    keep it up

  51. Hi Kait,
    Thank you for following. 🙂 I wish you all the best on your journey.

  52. Thanks for your follow. We have a lot in common. Like you, I find a lot of comfort in writing. I started my blog as a way of expressing my feelings after the fire and hopefully helping people along the way. Since then I have gained more than I ever thought I could image. Looking forward to following your blog!

  53. Thanks for the follow and thanks for creating such a great site as well

  54. Thank you for visiting my site and following my blog http://stigmahurtseveryone.info
    I am learning so much from your experience and amazing blog. I also find writing very therapeutic especially in my work. I look forward to reading through more on this blog. Cheryl-Lynn

  55. Thanks for speaking Up and speaking Out about this debilitating illness, I suffer from as well. I went undiagnosed for years until my gambling addiction brought most the symptoms to the fore front in 2002. I started on meds, and they help, but I can feel when I’m cycling. I have been in recovery from compulsive gambling for 6+yrs, and it is what I blog about. I also touch on my illness as well, but it seems there are more people like you out in the world speaking of Bi-polar, and not to many speaking out about the *Dangers* of addicted gambling, SO I DO….LOL>…Together maybe we can start to break *THE STIGMA* around Bi-Polar and Addiction!!

    Warm Regards, Author, Catherine Lyon

  56. Hi Kait
    Well, I am old enough (71) to be you Grandfather. But I thought you could be open enough to here my story :
    My name is Dr.‭ ‬Fred and I have been retired for over‭ ‬14‭ ‬years.‭ ‬I was an Optometrist,‭ ‬specializing in developmental and behavioral vision for more than‭ ‬33‭ ‬years.‭ ‬I gave sight to others so as to learn from their insight.‭ ‬I am happily married to a lovely lady,‭ ‬48‭ ‬years and counting.‭ ‬She supported me during my episodes and I owe my life to her.‭ ‬At‭ ‬71,‭ ‬I have knowledge and experience when it comes to dealing with Bipolar Disorder.‭ ‬My mission is to help others in achieving emotional stability without episodes.‭ ‬I’ve lived‭ ‬50‭ ‬years with Bipolar I.‭ ‬For the first‭ ‬25‭ ‬years I dealt with over‭ ‬5‭ ‬episodes.‭ ‬Since then,‭ ‬I have transformed my life by changing my thoughts and committing to a consistent supply of Lithium.‭ ‬I’ve maintained years of‭ “‬episode-free emotional stability‭”‬.‭ ‬Some would classify this as a‭ “‬Functional Bipolar‭”‬.‭ ‬Perhaps I might classify it as‭ “‬Functionally Cured‭”‬.‭ ‬I was one of the first to receive Lithium when the FDA approved it in‭ ‬1971.‭ ‬It has kept me stable for the last‭ ‬29 ‬years,‭ ‬along with knowing the‭ “‬Power of Being Positive with Bipolar Disorder‭”‬. Learning to develop the power of positivity in my life, I encountered many challenges while dealing with bipolar disorder. This book explores these challenges and how I ultimately achieved episode-free stability. In the Power of Positivity, I present the numerous sources that were an inspiration to me and led me to a positive state of mind. After more than fifty years of struggling with bipolar disorder, I have written this book to help others achieve long-term stability.
    http://www.amazon.com/Power-Positivity-Bipolar-Anyone-Else/dp/1478110147
    Continue with your positive challenges. You are truly a success person, Kait.
    Dr. Fred

  57. Hi Kait, Thank you so much for following my blog. Sorry I took so long to say hello, been busy studying towards becoming a paramedic. 🙂

  58. Thank you for the follow, Kait.
    Best wishes,
    JD

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  60. May I ask what you are studying?

    • Sure! I am planning on becoming a physician assistant hopefully. If that doesn’t work out though due to too much stress or if I don’t like it, then I would like to do something in communications 🙂

  61. I nominated you for a Liebster Award, check out my page http://108fate.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/3213la/ for details and how to pass it on–its fun!

  62. Kati – I saw that you had stopped by my blog a few days ago. I wanted to say thank you. And I see that you are battling and beating the Bipolar Disorder illness. Yah for you.

    If you don’t mind, I think I will take a look around your blog too *smiles*

  63. Cait! I’m really enjoying what I’ve seen of your blog. And thanks for following mine! Writing is such an incredible outlet… I love how powerful it can be to touch the lives of other people as well! Gotta keep it real! You seem like an incredible woman. Glad to connect with you 🙂

    • You’re welcome and I appreciate you writing me with your sweet comments. I truly love writing and have found it to be an incredible outlet as well. It really helps put things in perspective sometimes. You seem like a lovely lady too and I’m happy to have connected. Best of luck to you 🙂

  64. Kait,
    Thank you so much for choosing to follow my blog. From the looks of your photo, I’d say you are well on your way to achieving your life goals — you look full of joy! (I’m sure the kitties help, though I’m not too sure about ferrets.) Your generosity with the knowledge you’ve gained has no doubt already been a blessing to others. Keep writing.

    • You’re very welcome. Thank you for commenting and I appreciate your words of kindness. Best of luck to you and I hope you are doing well. 🙂

  65. Hi 🙂

    I want to thank you first off for checking out my blog & following it as well! That’s so lovely of you to take the time out to even check out my blog so thank you, for the feedback & support. It means a great deal to me. It’s lovely to meet another blogger who has the same dreams I do! I can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog. Good luck with everything, I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Cheers.

  66. Thanks for following me! I’m new to writing about this kind of thing and I appreciate the support! 🙂

  67. Hey! Thanks for the follow 😉 Hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Years. I just can’t agree more with your statement “found some relief and hope through writing” It’s definitely one of the reasons why I always tend to scour WP for posts besides doing homework… It’s always inspiring to know that there are others that go through tough situations with a positive outlook. Case in point. I’m glad that I found your blog 😀

  68. Thank you for checking out my blog and following me. I look forward to reading your blog more in depth. You have some great information here that I wish I had years ago. Thank you for sharing!

  69. Hi! *waving* thanks for checking out my blog! Your blog sounds wonderful!
    Not long now to Christmas! *smiling* I’m so excited! ……Paula xx

  70. Kait, thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to follow. Writing really is a tool for mental wellness, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to exploring your work here.

  71. It is absolutely a pleasure to meet you! And thanks for the follow on As the Pendulum Swings. I am always excited to connect with others who share the desire for mental health awareness, education, and advocacy. And, the camaraderie doesn’t hurt either!

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