Courage. To love takes courage. To trust takes courage. To have the strength to stand up for yourself in the midst of pain and struggle takes courage. Our next Survivor Feature, Katecia Wilson, had the courage to live, and now she has the courage to share her story.
This is not the face of a victim. This is the face of a survivor.
Katecia Wilson is the epitome of strength, resilience, and determination. During her time at Georgia State University, Katecia was an active member of multiple clubs/organizations; including the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Since that time, Katecia has held several roles as an entertainment actress/model, and her work has been displayed on multiple billboards throughout Atlanta, GA. Furthermore , Katecia provides jobs for single mothers who seek flexibility within their careers and households while raising their families. As if 2 Mamas & a Broom LLC doesn’t keep her busy enough, Katecia became recently acquainted with her passion for helping people fight alcoholism, addiction, depression, anxiety, and more. Presently, Katecia is pursuing a certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer to continue helping people with their respective life challenges by utilizing fitness to channel positive behavioral change. During her spare time, Katecia is heavily involved in Mixed Martial Arts and she works closely with the GSU Crime Prevention Unit helping teach current students self defense.
Let's dig deeper into her testimony.
What does it mean to you to be a Survivor?
"Take responsibility. Love on yourself and not to be so hard on myself. Talking it out with a licensed therapist."
What is your testimony?
"My testimony is I survived. I survived rape, being attacked/hospitalized, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from this attack, postpartum depression from being a single mom, PTSD from a domestic violence relationship, and I NEVER EVER GAVE UP!"
How did you overcome the shame and guilt many face in these situations?
"I ignored the guilt and prayed for strength. I talked it out with my therapist to remind myself that this feeling is a part of the process."
What advice would you give someone going through a similar situation?
"I'd tell them better days are coming. Pray. Find hobbies to stay focused. Life is balance. GO TO THERAPY."
What has been your biggest lesson?
"Choose yourself. On Judgement day it's just you and God."
What is your favorite quote/affirmation?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” by Marianne Williamson
How has faith played a role in your journey?
"It GUIDED ME and taught me I could not do it alone."
How are you serving others?
"By sharing my testimony and teaching women, especially black women, to be strong survivors not just victims."
How can we connect with you?
Facebook: Kat Yvon
What's one final thing you'd say to readers?
Share any resources that could be beneficial to readers.
Don't Quit Poem
Our Deepest Fear Quote
Kirk Franklin- Give ME
Rich Dad Poor Grad
Only the Strong Survive movie
Mixed Martial Arts
Andra Day- Rise Up
Kanye West- Champion
Kirk Franklin- Wanna be Happy
House of Hope- Pastor Dewey Smith
Haven House/ Tabitha's House at House of Hope
When you Believe- Whitney Houston
Tupac- Changes and Keep Ya Head Up
Pass me Not O Gentle Savior hymn
Black Men United - U Will Know
A strong black man who poured love into me - https://youtu.be/x3-8Nyn4SNU
Katecia is pictured here with her son, her reason.
Thank you for taking the time to read Katecia's story. I hope that you're inspired to live courageously. I hope that you'll connect with Katecia in support of the great work she's doing on her various platforms. I pray that anybody reading this that is currently dealing with PTSD or domestic violence will seek help.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
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