"It was good to get it out," says Vikkie Noble, of writing for the first time about her close call on Sept. 11.
Noble was just one block away from the World Trade Center that day when she escaped from the office building where she worked and saw the Twin Towers collapse into the streets.
"As the time's gone on, it gets easier to think about," the Ogden resident adds, although, looking back, "It was so surreal, you wondered if it really happened."
The former New Jersey resident says she has visited Ground Zero to pay her respects, but she has also consciously avoided reading or watching accounts of an event that left her with "images in my mind that I cannot remove."
The 2001 tragedy changed her perspective on dealing with life's problems, says the part-time executive assistant.
"I could have died that day. I'm not going to worry about whether or not my roast beef comes out great," she says.
It may be a cliche, she adds, but "you stop sweating the small stuff."