CHESAPEAKE — Kayla Arestivo has never seen war. But she has felt it.

As a kid on Long Island, she was 8 when the planes hit the skyscrapers in Manhattan. Her dad, William Fallon Jr., was on the 103rd floor of the north tower. He and every one of his colleagues at Cantor Fitzgerald at work that morning on floors 101 through 105 died.

It took time for Arestivo to grasp what had happened. Her life became consumed by night terrors, eating disorders, addiction, an attempted suicide as a teenager. She saw counselors, but what she really needed was a community.

“I needed somebody to tell me I wasn’t crazy,” Arestivo said. “That it was OK to feel this way.” Continue reading here…

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