The process is definitely ongoing and roadblocks have come my way, but I have been able to turn them into speed bumps. They slow me down, but don’t stop me entirely, all because the Triumph Over Tragedy program has helped me to find some new tools for my toolbox.
My survivor story is just one of the many stories from people who suffer from the trauma of mass shootings. I tried so many things, but nothing worked for me. My hope is that if you know someone who has been in a mass shooting and is suffering that you will encourage them to reach out to The Onsite Foundation.
As much as friends and family members try to understand what it’s like to lose a child, they just can’t unless they’ve walked in our shoes.
The truth is, life is forever different. We will not go back to exactly how it was before. That’s the grief. But when there is grief there can also be growth.
My perspective had shifted, and I was able to see hope and strength for the first time. It wasn’t easy to dig into the trauma, but living the rest of my life without healing was not negotiable.
Twenty years ago, after surviving the shootings at Columbine High School, I hoped and prayed no one else would ever have to endure what our community went through that day.