Survivors heal with time, but never forget

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EUGENE, Ore. - Elyse Meyers can't hear balloons popping or "Amazing Grace" without being taken back to May 21, 1998.

"I can close my eyes and visualize it like it was yesterday," she said.

There she is at Thurston High School taking wounded children from the cafeteria. She still remembers her pounding heart as she ran for help after hearing the shots.

"Not knowing that Kip had been apprehended and dodging the corridor to go in and get ice," she said.

She still works with kids, now at Sheldon High School, and she finds hope in their success.

"I really have been trying to heal," she said. "It's no longer a daily thought, it's not even a weekly thought."

Betina Lynn, one of 25 students shot that day, still bares the scar of the bullet that entered her foot. Another bullet hit her lower back.

"It took a long time to get back on my feet and find a new direction after the shooting," she said.

Lynn recently earned her degree and now works at the University of Oregon. She fought for gun control, and she still wants to see more help for troubled kids.

"Every time there's another one - grade school, high school, college level or whatever - I get angry," she said.

Both women still keep in touch with their friends from Thurston, people with careers, babies and rich lives.

They have moved on, and they want to continue to move on. Ten years later, they can't escape Thurston, but they are also not victims.

"We are survivors," Lynn said. "There's no other way to react and live our lives and to think of ourselves as survivors."