Meet Kristen Eck; she is the ex-girlfriend and former fiancée of MLB player Derek Norris, the catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. Norris is currently under an MLB domestic violence investigation after Kristen claimed he abused her mentally and physically.
From Ms. Eck’s Instagram
Four years ago I went back to school to get my degree, shortly after, I moved across the country for love. Three years ago I was engaged. Two years ago I was planning a wedding. And one year ago I left the person I thought I was going to marry.
I had beautiful moments with a man and I fell in love with a sense of humor and authentic soul that I wanted to spend my life with. I also was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man. He gave me a lifestyle most people only dreamed of, but it came at a price. I am forever thankful for the joy, love and laughter he shared with me.
I am also forever grateful for the darkness I experienced. Because of that, today is more full of light than I would have ever expected. When I left I had $300 to my name, I had no access to money, I had no access to cars and was only given the courtesy to remove my items from our home. When I left, he and his family made sure I had nothing. But, that is far from true.
I sold what “materialistic” items I was able to take with me in order to fly to San Diego and live until I could find a job. I found a job, I found a place to live and I found myself. As I sit here, shaking, scared to share a small glimpse of the last year of my life I can’t help but let tears fall down my cheeks. I just finished my last day of my school.
Getting on her feet
I am officially a college graduate, living in my dream city, working for a great company, teaching yoga and more importantly I am free of anxiety and surrounded by the love, support, grace and kindness of my friends and family and strangers and the world.
Thank you to everybody who listened to me vent. Thanks to those who held me as I cried for hours; for those that didn’t judge my nightmares; to those who supported my dreams, who encouraged me when I could finally laugh again. Thank you to those who gave advice. Thank you to those who didn’t speak and were just there.
Pretty Kristen Eck from Wichita, Kansas is one of the children born to Anita Wheelock and Brad Eck. She has three siblings, brother Branden and sisters Kendra & Chelsea.
Ms. Eck studied at Campus High School in Kansas and nursing and health care administration at the University of Phoenix. She currently resides in San Diego.
Kristen and Derek dated while he played for the Padres; he asked her to be his wife in February 2015 and planned to tie the knot in 2016.