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    Posted May 21, 2013 by
    Joplin, Missouri
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    Joplin's messages for Moore

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    Two Years Later...


    May 22, 2011 turned my world upside down. I found myself instantly homeless and not knowing how to pick up the pieces. The destruction was incomprehensible. Shock and adrenaline took over for the first few days. But then it was time to figure out how to start picking up the pieces and moving forward.


    Two years later, I am finally in a new home (with a basement!) in Joplin after having to stay with family for over a year after the tornado.I started a home business as well as recently graduating college. In order to make it through these past two years, I really had to focus on the future and not dwell on what happened two years ago. It's not always been easy, but it was the best thing to do in order to not let the past hinder my future.


    As tragic and devastating as this event was, it helped me find my true inner strength to persevere during a time when things felt impossible. It restored my faith in humanity to see how my community came together to help each other when ALL of us were in need. It was also overwhelming to see the outpouring of caring and kindness that came from all over the world to help our city.


    My advice to those in Moore, Oklahoma who are enduring their recent tragic event is to take it one day at a time. Accept the help of others, get yourself situated, take your time to grieve, and then focus on doing what you need to do to get your life back on track and focus on what WILL be in the future instead of what HAS been in the past. With what feels impossible right now, know that it IS possible to achieve. Keep your faith and know that you have your entire country standing behind you to help you get back to some sort of normalcy.




    My first two pictures are of my old house after the tornado hit. The third picture is my new home.

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