My name is K.D. Roche and I started Free to Be Me as a support network for those who have overcome significant hardship. The idea behind the network is to empower survivors (of domestic abuse, addiction, assault, human trafficking, poverty, physical/mental disease, etc.) to rise above their challenges.
Surviving these challenges can lead to setbacks in developing oneself as a professional, parent, employee, etc.
Though I won’t speak for others directly, I will share some of my own story:
I grew up in a lower/middle-class American family, with 3 siblings on the West Coast. My parents never married, and though it was hidden from almost everyone, I experienced a multitude of childhood trauma–including sex-trafficking as a minor.
As a result of experiencing compounded traumatic events, I developed Complex PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), severe anxiety, and depression.
Living through these experiences and choosing to continue the journey of life, I struggled to maintain consistency in relationships, health, and work. It’s not that I was incapable of being successful, but I had not yet learned how to accept that even though I did not have to live in my past, it did cause physiological changes that I would have to adapt to.
As a result of my PTSD, I experience anxiety, panic attacks, short-term memory loss, dissociation, forgetfulness, depression, physical pain, irrational fears, and confusion.
I am incredibly passionate about educating the public on the impact of trauma on its sufferers. Many people, including those that suffer from post-traumatic stress, do not understand the neuroscience behind the disorder. Understanding the neuroscience behind PTSD can be simplified for the average person to understand, and it sheds a whole new light on understanding the recovery process. You may view my short video if you would like a short description of PTSD, the neuroscience behind it, and the recovery process.
I am also passionate about educating others on the specific vulnerabilities among the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ+ youth.
I am a public speaker, published author, business and sales consultant, networking specialist, designer, mother, partner and entrepreneur.
If you would like more information on how to book a speaking engagement, training seminar, book-signing, sales training, etc. please visit the Contact page.
My story that I wrote is available in the book, “Made in the U.S.A.” by Alisa Jordheim. It is available for purchase under the “Products” section.
You can also find hand-crafted jewelry, home decor, and crafts that I (or members of my shop) have made on our Etsy shop, Arrayah Ray of Hope . Profits from these handmade products go toward our “Resiliency Scholarship” fund that is distributed to all types of survivors of hardship. For more information on how to apply, click here!