WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A West Palm Beach woman who was living in New York and working at the World Trade Center in September, 2001, is preparing to return to Ground Zero for the first time since 9/11. After ten years of helping others face their biggest fears, she is finally ready to face her own fears.
Michelle Rosado moved to Florida just two weeks after 9/11. She has been back to New York City but not to Ground Zero.
High up on the 95th floor of World Trade Center Tower Two, Rosado felt the vibration of the first airplane slamming into Tower One, shattering the glass windows of her office.
Her instincts pushed her toward the stairs, but a coworker pulled her into an elevator with dozens of others.
"I said 'should I go back upstairs?' I questioned my actions at that moment," she said.
Rosado, continued downward in the elevator.
"And as soon as I walked out of the building, that is when I heard the roar of another airplane engine," she said. Tower Two was then hit. "I didn't run. I stood there in complete shock for about maybe 10 to 15 minutes," said Rosado.
Ten years later, Rosado is preparing for her first return to Ground Zero.
Since 2001, Rosado has become an author, a motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She helps others face their biggest fears, even though until recently she was not ready to face fears of her own.
"I was still not able to even walk past where they were starting to reconstruct the building. I knew in my heart that I just wasn't ready," she said.
Rosado plans to head back to Ground Zero soon after the tenth anniversary of 9/11. One of the photographs she took on September 7, 2001 will be featured in the 9/11 memorial museum, which opens next year. She plans to go New York City, to where the twin towers once stood, to deliver that photograph to museum curators herself.