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Wed May 22, 2019, 07:08 AM

8 years ago today....

My life changed.

Add the issues I'm going through and what day it is.....
I'm going to stay away from weather news with what has and is going on. TV is off today too, will not be on FB because people will be making posts in remembrance.

8 years and I'm still haunted. Why did I live and so many around me die? I'm still set off by certain sounds, feelings in the atmosphere, and smells.

I'll get through it like I do every year. But it will be rough.

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Reply 8 years ago today.... (Original post)
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 OP
lastlib May 22 #1
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #2
lillypaddle May 22 #3
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #4
lark May 22 #5
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #6
DFW May 22 #7
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #8
DFW May 22 #15
Leith May 22 #9
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #12
Leith May 22 #16
erlewyne May 22 #10
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #13
2naSalit May 22 #11
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #14
bitterross May 22 #17
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #19
Mersky May 22 #18
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #20
elleng May 22 #21
Lady Freedom Returns May 22 #22
UniteFightBack May 23 #23
Lady Freedom Returns May 23 #24

Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:20 AM

1. U R STRONG!

And you have friends here at DU, LFR!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:30 AM

2. Thanks!

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:40 AM

3. I can't imagine how scary that was

and still is. No words.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #3)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:42 AM

4. I always hope that no one ever does.

But mother nature had her own plans when it comes to that.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:44 AM

5. You have got this & we are with you in spirit.

Life can be rough, but we can survive and thrive. We can make it if we try. I say we because I'm going through a really rough spot right now with my health and I'm just hoping I can make it through this and back eventually to living a full life.

I hope you are there now, actually, and just having a bad triggering day, one to endure and live through. Maybe one year you will find it's not quite as big a deal as it was previously? That's what I wish for you.

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Response to lark (Reply #5)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:50 AM

6. My health has gone south too.

Add it to no job and the date. It's going to be a rough day for me.
But thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:51 AM

7. Joplin, Missouri by any chance? n/t

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Response to DFW (Reply #7)

Wed May 22, 2019, 08:58 AM

8. Yes.

😟

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #8)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:39 AM

15. You were definitely at the center of that one.

I can't even fathom what you must have gone through.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:24 AM

9. Keep the TV off

The tragedy will be the main story today, even on shows that don't usually do that sort of thing.

The sister of a very nice man I used to work with was killed. Even after seeing and hearing news reports all day that day, it really brought the horror home for those of us who knew him.



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Response to Leith (Reply #9)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:31 AM

12. That's the plan

I'm in Tucson now, but with how the weather has been in the Midwest, somebody's gotta bring it up.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #12)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:44 AM

16. I haven't been in the direct path of a tornado

but I grew up on stories of the Beecher Tornado (before I was born, but my dad drove an ambulance at the time). To get to my family's plots in the local cemetery, we have to walk by those of the family - the mom and kids who were all killed.

I narrowly missed the Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980. I was several miles away, but my roommate was working at the Western MI University library at the time. That building's north face was all windows and campus was close enough for the tornado to veer off and hit it directly.

I'll pass on personal experience. I don't even want to imagine what you went through.





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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:28 AM

10. I regret to admit that date, Sunday May 22, 2011 did not pop into my mind.

I am sincere and I cannot fathom missing that date,
I will put in on my OTD calendar, I cannot imagine 161
deaths from a tornado. My house is my life and I am in
retirement and vulnerable. I need reminders to let me
know how fortunate I am. 161 ....

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Response to erlewyne (Reply #10)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:34 AM

13. I envy you for being able to forget.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:30 AM

11. (((sigh)))



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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #11)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:34 AM

14. ...

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:16 AM

17. You are loved, needed, and wanted.

So happy to have you here. You are loved, needed and wanted.

If I could possibly say anything to "make it all better" I would. But I know that's not possible.

Just know that we all love you and acknowledge your pain. Your absolute right to feel whatever you feel - no matter how much time has passed.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #17)

Wed May 22, 2019, 06:37 PM

19. Thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:48 AM

18. Will be 22 years for me, I know some of your pain

Was still heavily shaken 8 years after being close to people in Jarrell, and surviving another the same week. I've never been the same since, but things did get better, eventually.

Is good you're sharing about it, and taking care at this sensitive time.

I struggled with guilt and agency after crossing that existential rift. Honestly, I still struggle with those things at times, but eventually could watch various movies, etc without triggering nightmares, hypervigilance, and all the rest.

Want you to know that things can and will get better.


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Response to Mersky (Reply #18)

Wed May 22, 2019, 06:39 PM

20. Thanks.

Hard to believe it will right now. But thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:22 PM

21. :hug:

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Response to elleng (Reply #21)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:23 PM

22. Thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:01 AM

23. And still you rise. nt

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #23)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:28 AM

24. They have yet to find a fire extinguisher strong enough to put out this Phoenix.

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