"I didn't really reach out," she said. "All I did was store the bullying effects inside of me. One night, I let it all out, and that's how my friends and mother found out about it."
She further explained, "I wasn't getting enough sleep from crying, so my mom asked me what was wrong. I kind of told her everything, but I left out parts because I didn't want her to know my deepest thoughts.
"My advice to someone being bullied is don't be afraid to ask for help, whether it's from a higher power or a friend," she said.
"People still talk about me, but it's more uncommon than it used to be. I am different than most people, but to me, being different is a wonderful thing. I think it would be boring if everyone was the same."
She says time heals all wounds and it is healing hers, one step at a time.
CALLING FOR HELP
All these numbers have someone available 24/7.
* If you have been bullied and need to talk, call the Boys Town National Hotline at 1-800-448-3000.
* If you are in emotional distress or feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
* If you have been or have witnessed bullying at school, call the West Virginia Safe Schools Helpline at 1-866-SAFEWVA (723-3982).