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Kacey Johnson

AUTHOR. SPEAKER. SURVIVOR

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson, a survivor of the savage 1999 attacks at Columbine High School, uses her message of faith and resilience to inspire hope in the face of diverse challenges.

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On April 20, 1999, Kacey Ruegsegger was a newly transferred junior at Columbine High School. As she sat down to read a magazine in the library that morning, she had no idea she would soon find herself at the center of an American tragedy, an event that would forever change the course of her life. In the aftermath of the infamous shooting, Kacey had to fight for her life and nearly lost her right arm. Thanks to a doctor’s genius and a lifesaving bone and tissue donation, she recovered and found herself on a path to helping others heal. In this story of faith and courage, Kacey recounts how she overcame unimaginable trauma—both physical and spiritual—to build a life, a family, and a home unscathed by the evil she endured.

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July 9, 2022.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: It’s good to hear how it affected the victim I like to see that the victim survived and done good in life. And how it affected her nursing career which I felt bad for her about. She probably could of made good money for her family in her nursing career. All that because those two boys was bullied. I don’t understand they had two weeks of school and could of moved on. At least she got married and went to college and done pretty good in life.
Callie Acree
April 20, 2022.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Highly recommend! This is a book that I will never forget and always recommend. Kacey recounts not only the events of that day, but how God prepared her for the days to come and how He was with her during every moment, so much so that she physically felt his presence in the Columbine library in 1999. She did not just become a victim of a terrible tragedy, but instead is a light of hope for those who walk through dark days and a spokesperson for the importance of tissue donation.
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December 23, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Great read I'd highly recommend. I'm adding to my Columbine book collection.
M. Haas
July 20, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: A book written by a student who was shot in the library at school This book kept you on the edge and was factual. I highly recomend this book by one of the injured.Such a brave young lady who suffered and told forst hand how she survived and her long road to recovery. I found this was the best factual book and was written by someone in the libray a first hand wittness. I highly recomend this book written by a very brave young lady.
Aaron
May 31, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: WOW! Excellent book. What an inspiring and well written book. I couldn't put it down shedding tears through the book! It gives everyone the details of what happened during the horrific day of the Columbine shootings. It tells the story in details and all she and the other students went though. I would highly recommend this book. Definitely worth every penny!
Ravzender
May 29, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: An incredible recovery story of Kacey and her family Kacey does a fantastic job telling her incredible story of recovery from one of the nation's deadliest school shootings. Her entire family opens up for this riveting tale. As with any tale, events before the inciting incident, April 20, 1999, play a role in the rest of the story. Kacey covers a lot of ground during her recovery, building her own family, and finding her way through this world with a broken shoulder and hand.One of the themes that I ended up focusing on was her PTSD. She gives great examples and advice of how her PTSD does not only affect her but her entire family. They made adjustments to their lives to help her recover. Kacey also reflects on how she chose to turn this tragic day into something good for her and those she encounters. The shooters wanted one thing, and she has vowed not to give it to them.For all the news coverage of April 20, 1999, Kacey focuses on what happens to her. And when you think about it, it is nothing short of a miracle. She had a chair beside her while hiding under the desk in the library. Another student did not. In the grand scheme of things, a wooden and a cloth-covered library chair is not going to make that much difference to a bullet. But it did to Kacey. The Survivors saw she needed help getting out of the library and provided it. An officer saw her injuries and unceremoniously shoved her into his patrol car to get her help. Students in the triage area saw how much blood she was losing and offered their own shirts to stop the bleeding. Paramedics recognized her great injuries and rushed her to a hospital. All these little steps by so many people helped Kacey get the treatment she needed. That's another thing to take away from her story. You may not be able to do everything a person needs, but do your part to help. You never know whose life you will save.
SheZaStar
May 23, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Must read So poignant and made me cry! Her courage is incredible and inspiring.
ACURENAV
February 17, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Inspiration to Everyone I really enjoyed this book. There was not one thing that I did not like.Kacey is a true inspiration to everyone. No matter what has gone wrong in your life.I lost my H.S. Boyfriend who was murdered by his step-father when I was 15. I never got over that. WhenI was 30, my kids father died. This took another toll on me. But then at 32 I found the love of my life and we are still going strong 12 years later.But since then I’ve had 3 surgeries and been diagnosed with a blood and Autoimmune disease, and feel like my life is over.But I have to say, the whole time I was reading this book, I kept saying, why am I complaining, people have it way worse then I do.I recommend anyone that is feeling low to please read this book. Kacey is a truly amazing, wonderful, person with a lovely soul.Thank you Kacey so much for sharing your story to help so many people out there like me who believes there is no hope left. God helps us in mysterious ways, and I know by me accidentally coming across this book was his way of helping me.I wish you and your family, and everyone else all the happiness we all deserve.
little lady
January 19, 2021.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Inspiring read This was a very uplifting book full of a lot of wisdom from a young author who has endured so much. I loved her positive attitude and her faith in God and how she shares that.I had read the book written by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, and my heart goes out to any and everyone affected by this tragedy. So glad this author survived and is able to tell her story.
Meena
November 15, 2020.
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Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed: Good book for teenagers My daughter liked the book.

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