There were stories of victors as well as survivors. And there were stories from people who were still in the middle of dealing with the hardest things they had ever faced.
All of these stories show a strength and grace of their own. Some will stun you. Others will make you smile. Hopefully all of them will give you a little courage.
"I was NYPD 911 operator on 9/11. I took calls from people trapped in WTC. Hardest day of my life."
"Gave the eulogy at my mom's funeral."
"I lost 75 pounds last year and started running. Not easy at all but totally worth it."
"The right side of my body was paralyzed, but I worked hard and today I've got 90%+ of my moving ability back!"
"Flying 8,000 miles with no plan other than 'get her back.' "
"Got her back. We've been married 15 years."