Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Stories from Family & Friends

Many of our TSN families and friends have shared their experiences about coping with the loss of a loved one or helping their loved one move along the road to recovery. A selection of these stories is listed below. Reading other’s stories can help you connect with others and not feel alone. You may also discover some ideas that may be helpful to you. You may wish to read several stories to get a number of perspectives.

After joining the TSN you can share your own story with others. Writing about your experiences can help both you and others. Take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of your loved one or celebrate the life of someone you have lost to an injury. You can benefit by taking time to reflect on your experience. Other folks can benefit by realizing they are not alone. If you are already a TSN member, click here to share your story in the community forum. If you have not registered (it’s free), please register now and then you can share your story.



May 19, 2017 I was in Dallas training for what was my dream job, a sales position with Topgolf.  I had an early flight when I left Virginia a few days earlier and before I left, I kissed my sleeping 18-year-old daughter goodbye. Read more

mike's story

On Sunday, November 2, 2008, our youngest son, Matt, was cycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway with two other members of the University of Virginia triathlon team... Read more


In August, 2012, after spending a Sunday afternoon together, our sons, Aaron and Steven were on their way home when they were involved in a fatal automobile... Read more

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On December 1, 2014, I received a call that changed my life, and the life of my family, forever. My husband, Andrew, called and told me, “I think I cut my leg off... Read more

kelliann and emily's story

On 10-11-2014 our family was on vacation in Tazwell, TN. We had taken a ride on our 4 wheelers and Emily lost control of her ATV which caused her to fall off... Read more

julie's story

We knew Daniel and his dad, Everett, were involved in an accident on the interstate. We knew LifeStar air ambulance was on the scene waiting to transport him...Read More

renee's story

The worst decision I made for my husband during his accident and recovery was my choice for his rehabilitation. Had I researched this area and educated.....Read More

Samantha's story

On April 9th, 2013, my dad fell around fifteen feet from a ladder while installing cable at work. His head hit pavement and he suffered a subdural...Read More

angela's story

In 2011, my husband and I decided to take a chance and pursue his dream career in dirt racing. We packed up our lives and our two children.... Read More

Brenda's story

On the afternoon of July 4th, 2005 my husband and I received the phone call every parent dreads: Our 17 year-old son was being transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center… Read More

sherry's story

I know something is terribly wrong as I jump from bed to answer the phone. It is a nurse from a local hospital. Ryan has been in a car accident. Is he okay, I ask? It's serious, she says, he's with the trauma team right now...…Read More

pam's story

October 31, 1995 started like every other weekday; it would end like nothing we would have ever imagined. That afternoon, our 13 year old song, John, was in a car accident... Read More