This day impacted my life more than my words can tell. On September 11, 2001, I woke up during my second year of dental school (actually I was up all night cramming for an anatomy exam) and turned on the Today Show as I usually did. I turned and saw what I thought was a small plane hit some building structure in NY. The reporters didn’t really know what was going on but in my mind, but it didn’t seem like a big news story. That was at 8:56 am, before any real information came in.
I got dressed and went to school. I arrived at at 9:40 am. Right away, I knew something was wrong because everyone was hysterical and the whole atmosphere was chaotic. My friend told me to come downstairs and watch the television. Then I heard the devasting news that affected the entire world. My heart ached and my initial thought was pure fear.
My father works near that area as well as my two good friends who were in Building 5, which is in walking distance from the Trade Center. I remember calling my parents as well as my friends and all I got was a busy tone. I was physically ill. I thought for a split second that I could have lost them all. When I finally got in touch with them around 10:00pm, I was relieved for them. However, for all those 2,819 victims, my heart will always ache. For all those children who lost their fathers, my heart will ache. For all those who were born never knowing their fathers, my heart aches. For all those who lost their spouses, my heart aches. For all those who lost family/friends, my heart aches. The devastation from this day is undescribable. I don’t think, we as a nation, will ever forget this day.
I do want to give a special shout out to the armed forces on this day, who continue to provide protection and safety for all of us. This post would be not complete if I didn’t mention my good friend, Christopher Ryan, who just came back from a 12-month deployment in Iraq. We prayed for you everyday and are glad you are safely back with us. To all the military, firefighters, law inforcements, EMTs, volunteers, a big personal Thank You from me!
I know, I was lucky, I did not lose anyone that day. I know everyone can’t say the same, and for that I am extremely grateful. Today, I will hug my children and husband closer. I will ALWAYS REMEMBER!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!