I worked across from the World Trade Center and on 9/11 I stood in front of the Twin Towers witnessing the terrorist attack firsthand.
My life was indelibly changed that day; as were the lives of so many others. What once seemed of utmost importance to me became inconsequential and my priorities changed. Family became paramount; as did a personal commitment to honor those who lost their lives in any way I could. For me, that means I will continue to tell my story of that day; hoping, in that small way, I can help assure that we, as a country, never forget.
An email I sent out the morning after 9/11 unknowingly lead me to write one of the first plays about 9/11, ‘That Day in September’; which chronicled not just my eyewitness account of the events of that day but also the weeks and months that followed. Through my play I was able to tell my story from stages on both the west and east coasts.
After two years of devoting my life to the play I left New York City to live near my parents; a result of the above-mentioned change in priorities. My commitment to telling my story had not changed, though, so I adapted my play into a 9/11 memoir; also titled ‘That Day in September.’ And I continue to share my story publicly whenever an opportunity to speak arises.
Through both the play and the book my story continues to be read and told around the globe. And with my continued writings in ‘Life After Trauma,’ I continue to expand on my story; which now encompasses so much more than just the events of 9/11.
Through my book, my play, and future writing I hope I might help not only those directly affected by 9/11 but anyone who has lived through their own trauma or tragedy; something that none of us, unfortunately, are promised to be untouched by.