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Trauma Survivor Stories

New Love for Life Follows McGinnes’ Attempt at Death

New Love for Life Follows McGinnes’ Attempt at Death

In 2010, Christen McGinnes lost her relentless optimism. A punishing wave of setbacks had beaten her down to the point where ending her own life seemed to be the only avenue for relief. A fall down a staircase left her with a traumatic brain injury that altered her...

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Sue Baldissari Works for a Better Normal

Sue Baldissari Works for a Better Normal

Following the car crash that left Susan Baldissari permanently injured, she endured 15 surgeries over seven years as well as extensive physical therapy, both in a rehabilitation hospital and as an outpatient. Twenty years later, Sue knows she needs another ankle...

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Scars of the Past Drive Toby Harris Toward the Future

Scars of the Past Drive Toby Harris Toward the Future

Toby Harris isn’t sure whether her memories are her own or belong to the people who saw her through the darkest days of her life. Struck by a car while crossing a street late one summer night, Toby was hurtled 40 feet through the air. After an...

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Despite Tragedy, Quin Lewis Lives Life to the Fullest

Despite Tragedy, Quin Lewis Lives Life to the Fullest

“I could get hit by a bus tomorrow,” is a phrase people commonly use to defend an indulgence or a short-sighted goal. Agonizing over whether to dip into your savings for a trip to Aruba? “I could get hit by a bus tomorrow; I’m going to enjoy my...

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Surgeons Put Jon Esquivel Back Together Again

Surgeons Put Jon Esquivel Back Together Again

Jonathan Esquivel is a case study in pelvic reconstruction. When surgeons who have seen the x-rays of his injuries learn that the man is walking, even running, they are dumbfounded. “They assume I’m in a wheelchair, if not dead,” chuckles Jon, a...

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