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Hi I'm Kate McKenzie

I love film and writing. I love making others laugh. I'm a Type I Diabetic, struggle with mental illness, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've struggled with disease from the age of 14 on. After being sick for months, I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes a little after turning 15. I had a hard time coming to terms with the disease, but now it's just a tiny part of who I am. My real struggles came when I went off to college for the first time. I had been depressed in high school, but once I got to college, the stress of change caused my first symptoms of Bipolar Disorder to arise. I became so depressed and manic and sick that I had to go home. After fighting the fact that I needed help, I finally saw a psychiatrist and was officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Severe General Anxiety. After lots and lots and LOTS of trial and error with medicines, therapy sessions, patience from my loving family, a ton of meditation (yeah, I LOVE meditation), prayers, and following our Heavenly Fathers commandments, I finally have my diseases all managed pretty well. Why am I telling you all this? Because I want others to know it's OK to have mental illnesses and to seek help. It's not some scary taboo type thing. And our Heavenly Father is there for you and has given you these trials because He knows you are strong enough to handle them. I am grateful for my trials because without them, I wouldn't be attending the college I really wanted to attend, I wouldn't have the friends I have, the support from family, I wouldn't know what I would want to do with my life, and most importantly, I wouldn't be ME.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon not because it was thrust upon me by my parents, like many not of this faith believe. Yes, they taught me my core beliefs, but my testimony came from my faith and experiences. I KNOW my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loves not just me, but also everyone in this entire world. I have grown so close to my Savior through my trials and because of this, my faith has grown more as well. My prayers are answered, maybe not immediately and not with the answer I want, but they are answered. I am Mormon because it brings me such happiness, I can't imagine not being Mormon. It makes my day better knowing what true happiness will be in my life simply by following the commandments and trying to be the best I can be. Simply, I am Mormon because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on this earth today, and no one can ever take that truth and my faith away from me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. Christ, our Savior served so many during his mortal life, and when I'm serving I am reminded of Christ and what he has done for all of us. I help at community organizations along with volunteering to help others in times of need. I also try to visit those who may need a friend and I try to bring a smile to everyone. I live my faith by being happy and choosing the right so that others may see the Light of Christ in me and want to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.