Katie hitchhiked here, leaving a slightly estranged family situation and a very emotional Born Again Christian mother.
Katie is Diabetic and gets food on the street, but not the insulin she needs regularly.
She uses insulin 3 times per day which costs about $40.00 per month, but there is the added cost of needles, and because she is “celiac,” (gluten intolerance), the food she must purchase is more expensive and she generally can’t eat the free food, given out at any of the shelters or kitchens.
She plans to go back to Edmonton after traveling the country. She doesn’t think society owes her anything, and that she chose her lifestyle for now.
She says that anybody can get off the street, even those doing heroin can get off it.
In 10 years she would like to live in the forest with a big well and a field of poppies (the opium kind), and pot plants, then she will write about life.