When you're struggling to cope, peer support offers hope.
I lost my fiancé Sergio on September 11, 2001 when he answered the call to the World Trade Center with Ladder 132 of the FDNY. I always say I had the unfortunate "good" luck of being part of a large community who lost so much for the same reason, because there was a tremendous amount of resources available to us in the immediate aftermath for which I am forever grateful. The most important was the FDNY Counseling Unit where I had access to unlimited therapy and peer support groups which I tapped into in late October 2001. Having that support available to me and knowing I was not alone so early in my journey made all of the difference in my ability to move through those hardest days of grief toward healing. When I found Widowed Village and learned about Camp Widow in 2012, I knew I wanted to somehow pay forward all of the support which had been given to me. In 2013 I attended my first Camp Widow and it truly felt like a homecoming- to know now, that I can show other widows on the journey after me that hope and healing through peer support is possible brings so much meaning to my loss and my life. I am so happy to be a part of this amazing organization and incredible community!