Seventeen years ago today, I was in a horrible accident.
Is it weird that the shootings at Virginia Tech kind of brought some of that back for me? I remember when our college's PR guy invited the press onto campus to harass the accident survivors, under the guise of "any publicity is good publicity for the college." When I saw Matt Lauer camped out at Virginia Tech on the day after the shootings, I felt for all of those students, trying to grapple with the trauma they'd just experienced while simultaneously trying to dodge camera crews.
Of course their trauma was very different from our trauma, and I don't claim to have a real understanding of their experience. But I do know what it is to have a single, random, traumatic event haunt you forever.