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April 24, 2007

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Making Changes

A recently published book examines points at which people have so called, “aha” moments, which cause them to take a leap of faith and turn their lives around, “make a u-turn”, in hopes of experiencing a more authentic life.  This type of life shift and change is often likely to happen after experiencing trauma and suffering.  Our next chat will focus on these “aha moments” and the willful act of changing and making “u-turns” in our lives.  

The book referenced above is U-Turn: What If You Woke Up One Morning and Realized You Were Living the Wrong Life?  In addition to other types of trauma people experience, the author, Bruce Grierson, specifically reflects on 9/11/01 and a spirit of change:  “It is the shift from feeling invulnerable...to suddenly feeling vulnerable that's at the heart of many U-Turns...Those who have been spared feel connected to the victims by a newly kindled sense of common vulnerability.  What follows is that realization --that we're inclined to help people in the future."  We will use some of the ideas in this book to spark the conversation and provide an opportunity for participants to share their own experiences.

Please join the chat on Wednesday, April 25 from 8-9pm EDT.  To enroll click here:


Please Note: We have recently been experiencing technical difficulties.  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.  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. 

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