September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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I was involved in the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. Surprisingly, this was the worst and best day of my life. Although I never wish anyone to experience a helpless life-or-death situation, it was life-changing for me.

For months after the shooting, I was in denial and felt as if I were dead but still somehow living on Earth. It is an indescribable feeling. About six months after the shooting, I realized the positive effect it has had on my life. I figured out the career path I want to go down, and it drew me closer to God. I still live my days alert after hearing loud “gun-like” noises and have random flashbacks about that day, but now I understand why I was put through that situation.

I now want to be an advocate and voice for others who have experienced situations similar to mine. I want them to know there is a reason. How you handle it is your choice.

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