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Bone by Bone 
A Memoir of Trauma & Healing

There is a pain—so utter—

It swallows substance up—

And covers the Abyss with Trance—

So Memory can step

Around—across—upon it—

As one within a Swoon—

Goes safely—where an open eye—

Would drop Him—Bone by Bone—

Emily Dickinson

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Bone by Bone is the author’s account of suffering near-fatal injuries in the derailment of Amtrak 188 outside Philadelphia in 2015 and her long recovery in the years since. The forthcoming book deals honestly with the long-lasting impact of sudden trauma and offers hope – from the perspective of someone who has been there. And back.


Everyone’s recovery journey is different. Here you can find books, podcasts and organizations that helped Geralyn in her recovery and may help you.

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On May 12, 2015, Amtrak 188 derailed outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eight passengers were killed and over 150 were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the conductor had “lost situational awareness” and sped through the sharpest curve in the Northeast at more than double the maximum speed limit.


'I Survived the 2015 Amtrak Crash—I'll Never Be the Same'

Newsweek, August 6, 2022

‘I was a Jane Doe’: Amtrak train crash mom on surviving the commute from hell


New York Post, June 25, 2022

​​I survived the 2015 Philadelphia Amtrak train crash. I had 31 surgeries, a pain-medication dependency, and depression.

Business Insider, July 7, 2022

Geralyn Ritter: Balancing needs and risks in pain management

Tribune Review, June 2, 2022

A Harrowing Train Crash Left Me With Countless Injuries — How I Recovered From The Trauma

MindBodyGreen, July 2, 2022

Seven Years Later, Geralyn Ritter Still Dealing With Emotional, Physical Scars From 2015 Amtrak Derailment

CBS Philly, May 12, 2022

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