This Wednesday marks 18 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks happened and while I still choke up when I think about the events of that day,  I feel a different sadness now that I'm a mom. A deeper sadness.

I can't help but think about all the children who lost their parents, an aching that I feel deep in my soul that wasn't as strong before I had a child of my own. How difficult this day must be for them to so publicly relive year after year. I also can't even wrap my head about what must have been going through the minds of the victims when they knew that there was no way they would ever be returning to their babies and that their kids would grow up without them.

On September 11, 2014, the Hawk Morning Show had the honor of speaking with an amazingly brave woman named Florence Engorian. Engorian not only survived the attack on the South Tower on September 11, 2001, but she was five-months pregnant when the towers fell. This is her story.

If you're looking for a book about September 11 that will give you an idea of what it must have been like to see the carnage first-hand, Damon DiMarco's book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 is the perfect book for you. Pick up the book here and read the true stories of men and women, like Florence Engorian, who experienced September 11th first hand.

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