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March 2, 2007

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Trauma on Top of Trauma

It has been more than five years since September 11th. While some people are gradually emerging from the fog of trauma, getting their lives back on track, others are valiantly trying to keep their heads above water. The wounds are just beginning to heal and then life throws you another curve ball.  A job that is so toxic to your emotional and physical health that you dread getting up in the morning, diagnostic tests and the fear of illness, impending surgery, an accident ...and the list goes on. How can we deal with this new trauma when we are still recovering from old ones?  What works for people? Join this chat session to listen to others, share your successful strategies or ask others how they survived in the face of these new challenges.


The chat will be held on Wednesday, March 14th from 8-9pm EST.  To enroll click on this link:



Please Note: We have recently been experiencing technical difficulties, which we intend to resolve by the March 14th Chat.  One issue we are aware of is that when you log in you may be prompted to upgrade JAVA on your computer system when you sign in to the chat on March 14th.  You need an upgraded version of JAVA to participate in the chat.  When you click "yes" to upgrade, the JAVA wizard will walk you through the process.  It may take a few minutes, but it is not difficult. 

This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (please see below on how to register as a member - membership is free). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat.


After you login, you will be able to choose an anonymous chat name (which will identify you in the chat room) and a password. Then, you will receive an email with a link to the chat.  On Wednesday, March 14th, click on the link that is emailed to you and enter your chosen chat name and password. As a reminder, all participants must be 18 years of age or older and members of Families of September 11 (FOS11). To register as a FOS11 member, please click here.  If you have any problems or questions, contact chathelp@familiesofseptember11.org or 212-575-1878.