Michelle Knight smiles during an interview in Cleveland on June 26, 2014.
Tony Dejakā€”AP
May 8, 2015 11:16 AM EDT

Two years to the day after her escape from the Cleveland house of horrors of Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight has finally “conquered” her fears.

“This morning I thought, it’s amazing to wake up and not feel like I’m being tortured,” Knight told Fox 8 Cleveland on Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of her freedom.

Knight – along with fellow victims Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry– was held hostage by Castro for about a decade, enduring psychological, emotional and sexual abuse.

After the women and Berry’s daughter escaped on May 6, 2013, Castro was arrested and sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder. He committed suicide one month into his sentence.

Now Knight says she is finally “looking forward to happiness, a future, a life I never had. And for two years of my life I was finally able to live.” She also revealed that she has a new boyfriend.

“He’s such an amazing person. He’s sweet-hearted. He’s right there with me all the time and he supports everything that I do.”

Though she has finally begun to heal, Knight still draws from her experiences in captivity in order to help others who are suffering.

She just finished writing a new song called “Survivor” and is also hoping to write a second book.

“It’s going to be about my future and how I triumphed against everything that happened to me and everything that was holding me down; my fears and how I conquered them, because it’s really hard,” she said.

Knight released her first book, Finding Me, last year, and Berry and DeJesus released their joint book Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland last month. (Knight told PEOPLE last year that she parted ways with her fellow captors to help with the healing process. “I love them and they love me. Hopefully we’ll all get back together again.”)

Knight also worked closely with some of the cast and crew of Cleveland Abduction, a Lifetime original movie about her that aired last weekend.

“I had to dig pretty deep to let my emotions go into this movie,” she said. “Because I wanted to give the world something to have hope, courage and strength and know that amongst all the darkness, you can still rise above all that.”

Knight is also considering going to school to become a therapist.

“God definitely had a purpose for my life, and it’s definitely helping people,” she said.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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