In just a couple of weeks it will be the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, arguably one of the stupidest, cruellest and most useless atrocities ever committed. Nearly 3,000 people perished but the bell still tolls.
This is, or was, Ms. Marcy Borders who had started work for a bank in the Twin Towers just a month before the attack. According to The Telegraph, she was on the 81st floor but managed to walk out. Then she was hit by the dust cloud from the tower hit by the second plane. From that point on her life was a descent to the very pits of existence.
Unable to work again she took the 'four-lane' route to nothingness - drink and drugs, debt and depression. Her children were removed from her. But, in perhaps the cruellest twist of the knife that fate could inflict, after about ten years she began to come through it. Very gradually she tried working again. There was, after all, the possibility of a future for her.
Then she was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
She has just died at the age of 42. Asked whether she ever looked at the photo of herself which has become an icon for the Twin Towers attack, she said she tried to avoid doing so: "I try to take myself from being a victim to being a survivor now," she said. "I don't want to be a victim anymore."
Christ Almighty, sometimes there are simply no words!