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Mr. Will Walker ( @wnwalker )
Do you remember this woman? Well let me introduce you to her. This is Marcy Borders.
An American woman whose traumatized, dust-covered face summed up the horrors of the September 11, 2001, attacks has died of stomach cancer at age 42.
Marcy Borders, known as "The Dust Lady" thanks to the photograph taken in the immediate aftermath, became one of the most recognizable survivors. She had started work at Bank of America a month before the attack and was working on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.
She managed to make it down to the ground level and was walking away when the second plane struck the tower, leaving her covered from head to foot in thick gray dust.
In the years that followed the mother of two fell into a spiral of drink, drugs, and depression, which saw her rack up huge debts and have her children taken into care. "I drank a lot and never went out. It haunted me every day," she told The Daily Mail in 2011. "My life spiraled out of control. I didn't do a day's work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011, I was a complete mess. I was convinced Osama bin Laden was planning more attacks. Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked. If I saw a man on a building, I was convinced he was going to shoot me. "I started drinking heavily. Then I started drinking a lot more. I couldn't handle life so I started taking drugs. I started smoking crack cocaine, because I didn't want to live."
But a decade on, she was finally getting back into the working world and helping with a candidate's local campaign for mayor when, in August 2014, she learned she had stomach cancer.
"I'm saying to myself: 'Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'" she said.
"I definitely believe it because I haven't had any illnesses. I don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes." Announcing the news of her death on Monday evening, her first cousin, John Borders, said his relative died of "the diseases that (have) ridden her body since 9/11." Source: #BusinessInsider
Photo Credit: #AP Images
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