Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Never Forget: Therapy on social media

Image caption Many of the passengers who flew into the World Trade Center died of cancer two years after their flights, as told in The Other 9/11 The Newsroom’s Pete Hammond wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling out social media for #NeverForget the events of 11 September 2001. Pete referred to a New York Times piece on the 9/11 Survivors health initiative, and he referred to the hashtag #NeverForget. The

key to this piece is that the work of these survivors was “unprecedented. Under tough conditions, they would endure microscopic radiation to keep their families alive, sometimes for years.” Social media and hashtags have proven to be incredibly powerful. Peter said “forging a lasting narrative” of what happened on 11 September 2001 is difficult, but an important part of America’s effort to rebuild after the events of

11 September 2001. We hope this is an important conversation to have in the coming years. We created our tools for healing after #FatalTigers Since the 9/11 attacks we’ve released amazing tools and resources that have allowed the people of Nepal to heal after the horrors of that massive disaster that took down a whole generation. That kind of healing isn’t very sexy, that’s why these resources were put on a

spreadsheet. In one of our Fiery Tango video series, we look at ways to help people survive cancer. Losing limbs and walking around with an artificial limb is one of the horrible ways cancer can take people, but it’s not the only way. After 9/11, Peter announced he’s using the resources he has to help survivors in Nepal to build “art and healing” tools. You can learn more here. Eileen’s story of managing her cancer

has inspired people everywhere. Eileen has two sisters who were close to her when the attack occurred, but they had died before she got cancer. In the image below you can see that before her cancer treatment, Eileen lost her right arm. This was done to help her life to go on, and gives her a sense of freedom and independence. You can see more of her story here. We did an interactive on 9/11 survivorship and made it

available for you to connect to. We even went to an airbase to see some people who worked very closely with first responders. You can learn more about connecting with stories like Eileen’s here. Share your personal stories to help us tell your story. What’s next? We’ve been contacted by people offering us money to help tell their stories, but we can’t share those at this point.

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