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Despite her suffering, Kate became a pillar of support to the friends she met online.

She was known as ToonKate because of her passion for Newcastle United, although she never made it to a match because of her social anxiety.

Friends who met her on the internet travelled from as far away as Devon and Scotland to attend her funeral at St Andrew's Woodland Cemetery, Hexham.

Everyone released a pink balloon with her picture attached to represent the release Kate had in death from the torment she suffered in life. Since Kate's death, messages have been pouring into the website that she used to use to share her feelings.

User Stacey Bentley of Queensland, Australia, said: "Kate was the kind of person who put others before herself. Regardless of how bad she felt, she would always be there to support anyone who needed it.

"She had a great personality and even though she was struggling so much most of the time when we talked she always managed to have a laugh about something."

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects around 2% of the population and three quarters of suffers are women. One in 10 BPD sufferers commit suicide.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2007
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