In 2011, while training for a marathon on the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Riverwalk, Bianca Ramirez was brutally assaulted. The rest of her morning is a hazy memory.
"It was so abrupt," she recalls. "Being attacked came out of nowhere. I literally thought I died, waking up in bushes not know where I was, who I was, or what happened to me." Afterwards, she says, "I feared everything and everyone. Aside from that, I couldn't jog or get on treadmill. Everything led me back to those thoughts [of the assault]."
It took about two months after the attack for Ramirez, who is currently getting her master's in film production at the University of Miami, to channel her emotions into creativity. Writing became her therapy and, as she calls it, her oxygen. She battled traumatic, sleepless nights by penning 60 pages before she realized it; they included her thoughts on the assault, but much more.More »