The Power of Trauma:: Ute lawrence

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In The Media

Healing Oneself, Healing Others
January 28th, 2010

Ten years ago, Ute Lawrence was living a full life. An independent woman with a positive outlook who had launched her first magazine publishing business in 1980-a rare thing for a woman to do in those days-she was publisher of Limited Edition magazines, distributed in 23 markets in Canada and the United States. "Between Christmas and New Year's, I used to write down my goals for the next year and put it in an envelope," says Ms. Lawrence. "And the next Christmas, I would open it and tick off all the goals I'd achieved." None were ever left unticked.


The Toronto Star

Reliving the horror of the 401 fogWhen 87 vehicles piled up near Windsor and burst into flames on Sept. 3, 1999, 8 died, and many remain traumatized

Dan Robson, Staff Reporter
August 30, 2009

The morning sky was clear blue, but patches of fog lingered. Ute Lawrence and her husband cruised along the 401 from their home in London, toward Windsor, their silver Mercedes coupe slicing through bouts of fog scattered along the four-lane highway. They passed cars, vans, and trucks carrying other mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. "Suddenly we entered this wall of fog that so thick that we couldn't see a thing," Lawrence says. "Then all hell broke loose."


Globe & Mail


Struggling for a way to 'just get over it'

August 4, 2008

We all know that life can change in a flicker, that we live but a glance or shrug or step away from horror or from bliss - yet we're blithely secure in our ordinary lives, where nothing really wonderful and nothing really horrible ever happens. Then, the day comes. It came for thousands, on Sept. 11, 2001. It comes regularly for soldiers on the battlefield. It came this past horrific Wednesday for more than 30 bus passengers travelling between Edmonton and Winnipeg.


The Windsor Star

401 fog crash survivor writes book on trauma

Grace Macaluso, The Windsor Star
Published: Friday, June 27, 2008

In the end, it was the screams of a 14-year-old girl engulfed in flames that saved the lives of Ute Lawrence and her husband, Stan Fisher.

The London, Ont., couple - feeling slightly harried after turning their house upside down in search of Lawrence's passport - were on their way to a 9 a.m. business meeting in downtown Detroit on that "beautifully warm" September morning in 1999. Despite the delay caused by the frantic search and a stop at a service station to fill up Lawrence's sleek, new Mercedes sports car, the couple was making good time barrelling down Highway 401.


London Free Press

401 disaster survivor pens book
Jenni Dunning - Sun Media
June 21, 2008

Ute Lawrence can finally think of other things.

For almost 10 years, the London woman coped with post-traumatic stress disorder after surviving the 1999 Windsor Highway 401 disaster.

Now, she's written a book, The Power of Trauma, about what she learned from living with the disorder.