- Posted October 22, 2012 by
Courage to face the past in the present
During the 1950's much was unknown about the cause and effect of the new and emerging sciences of the day. In Simi Valley California (home of the original Valley Girl) it wasn't any different ....except.... many of the folks in parts of Simi Valley California lived near the Santa Suzanna Site home to a sodium cooled reactor that suffered a partial melt down in 1959.
Many people from the area have moved away time has passed and like those who suffered damage from the Love Canal or Three Mile Island, they have adapted to living a life many can't imagine.
One of these individuals is "Lori" she lived in a regular all American neighborhood. She has lived a life, had a child a divorce and all the stuff we all have ... you will meet her and walk away never knowing that she is a three time
cancer survivor. Like many who lived in her neighborhood and those she attended School with, many of whom are dead, Lori struggles with the realization that as a small child something that could not be heard, something that no one could "see" coming" has changed her life forever. She says "I am NOT defined by my cancer but rather by me" currently Lori is cancer free and is now communicating with a group of other Santa Suzanna survivors, who choose not to be victims but rather victors over a invisible intruder who's impact on their lives is immeasurable.