Peggy O'Neil-Arsenau / Ute Lawrence / Michael Benfante
Many who survive catastrophe feel terribly conflicted about their good luck. Sometimes it's called survivors guilt. But the survivors feel a whole range of emotions. Instead of fading over time, these feelings can often persist and even become more intense.
Today we were joined by three guests who say they've been changed in the aftermath of surviving... when others did not.
Peggy O'Neil-Arseneau is the mother of one of the boys who survived the 2008 bus crash near Bathurst, New Brunswick, that killed 7 members of the high school basketball team and a teacher. She was in Bathurst.
Ute Lawrence survived an 87-car pileup in 1999. Eight people died in the crash and 45 were injured. She is the CEO and founder of the PTSD Association, and author of The Power of Trauma. Ute Lawrence was in London, Ontario.
And Michael Benfante worked on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center's north tower on September 11, 2001 and got out of the building only moments before it collapsed. His book about the ordeal and his personal struggle is called Reluctant Hero. Michael Benfante joined us from Newark, New Jersey.
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Professor at Concordia University, Rosemary Reilly
We just heard three very moving personal perspectives on surviving a disaster, from people whose experiences date back many years. In Lac-Mégantic, however, the emotions being felt by the community are still raw.
Rosemary Reilly is a Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. She studies the long-term impact of tragedy on communities. Rosemary Reilly was in Montreal.
This segment was produced by The Current's Megan Griffith-Greene.
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Last Word - Gay Athletes
Tomorrow on The Current, we'll look at something fairly new in the world of professional team sports. Gay athletes. At least gay athletes secure enough to come out. Major League Baseball introduced a new policy protecting its players from discrimination based on sexual orientation and the NFL promises to better enforce its own rules.
Comedian Stephen Colbert summoned all his mock outrage over gay sport when NBA star Jason Collins came out in April. Colbert gets today's Last Word.