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Sharing Grief, Shock on the WebMD Message Boards

First, there was shock: continued...

Younginpain: It is not only the people whose family and friends were killed or injured in these attacks who are affected, but the entire nation. We should all take a step back and look at our lives. It could have been any town in our country, and it could have been any one of us. Today was the largest attack on American soil. I don't know how many of you think this, but many people I know are feeling it is not over, that there is more to come. We have survived through many tragedies, and as a nation we will get through this as well.

Sqrocker1: I can't describe how I feel. This still doesn't feel like it is real, but I know it is. I am still waiting for word about three friends, (there could be more). I have so many memories of the years when I used to work at the WTC (World Trade Center). My boyfriend (at the time) worked, (and did before yesterday), on the floor of the commodities exchange. Come to think of it, many of my childhood friends worked there. I spent a lot of time there. I will always cherish those days. All I can do now is wait and pray. I have panic disorder, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and they weren't doing so well before this. It is very hard for me to keep it together. God Give Us Strength.

Signal: This is so awful. I live in D.C. Last night my son and I drove across the 14th St. bridge to see the damage to the Pentagon. It was awful. The smell of smoke was awful.

Firegub0019: Yesterday they were talking about the building that collapsed and they were saying that now we are in a recession. All of this is so overwhelming, I'm absorbing it all and not knowing where to put it or how to deal with it. It makes me want to go numb.

Louise92: I am sitting at work, feeling lost and horrified. The stories of people jumping from the buildings, the magnitude of the loss of lives and peace of mind for the American people. The incidents just kept happening. I saw the live feed of the plane crashing into the second tower. I saw the horror written on faces of everyone here. I want to crawl in a hole and cry for the world.

After shock, came anger:

AnniePenny: I think we are all victims of this ... we have been ripped of our safety.

Louise92: And somewhere in the deep recesses of my soul burns a rage I did not know I was capable of feeling. It overrules logic, my Christian faith of forgiveness, my usual rabbit personality of run, run, run and hide. I want blood, revenge, and immediate retaliation. To heck with justice.

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