"I am a survivor and this is my story. Writing it has been more than just a form of therapy, of purging feelings. To find the depths of my own feelings has been difficult, and there are still secret places in my heart that cannot, indeed should not, be made public.
I learned very early to examine my survivor's guilt. Why was I still alive while others perished? To some extent that guilt will always be with me and I have tried to use it to help others. Writing this book has helped me heal and will, I hope, help other survivors and victims of other tragedies." (Introduction