Surviving disaster is a testament to human resilience, the will to live, and the courage to heal. Today, we welcome a truly extraordinary guest, Geralyn Ritter, whose story is an inspiring manifestation of this spirit. As an Executive Vice President, Board Director, and author of the memoir, “Bone by Bone,” she recounts her journey of survival, recovery, and acceptance after a deadly train derailment in 2015. Listen in, as Geralyn shares the profound physical and psychological impact of the accident on her life, the challenges of managing potent pain medications, and her path towards acceptance of her life-altering experience.

Geralyn’s story is more than just overcoming trauma; it’s about finding balance and reclaiming life after the unthinkable. Our conversation delves deep into her healing journey, the frustrations she faced, and the silver linings that emerged along the way. She candidly shares her struggle to find equilibrium in life while managing her medical vulnerabilities and her newfound purpose to help other trauma survivors. This episode is not just about survival; it’s about resilience, healing, and reclaiming life after a devastating trauma. Listen in and be inspired by Geralyn’s courage and determination, a compelling testament to the strength of the human spirit.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Surviving a deadly train derailment
  • Unrealistic recovery expectations and depression
  • The difficulty of managing both the physical pain and psychological trauma 
  • A radical acceptance of her traumatic experience
  • Finding balance while managing her ongoing medical vulnerabilities

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Supporting Resources:

Bone by Bone by Geralyn Ritter

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