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Published May 05, 2012, 05:16 PM

9-11 Widow visits Fargo to share Inspirational Story

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's our country's darkest day this century. The 9-11 attacks, harmed countless lives. It changed the beliefs of a New Jersey woman after she lost her husband, now stronger she's traveling the country and sharing her story.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's our country's darkest day this century. The 9-11 attacks, harmed countless lives. It changed the beliefs of a New Jersey woman after she lost her husband, now stronger she's traveling the country and sharing her story.

New Jersey native Jennifer Sands knows the devastation of September 11th all too well. Her husband, Jim, was working on the 103rd floor of Tower 1 that day.

Jennifer Sands/9-11 widow: "I was off that day, and i called the pharmacy where I work, and it was a few minuets after nine o'clock that morning, and that is when I was told that a plane had just hit tower one."

All morning, watching the tragedy unfold on TV, not hearing a word from her husband.

Jennifer: "I knew when tower one collapsed my husband never would have been able to survive that."

After realizing the love of her life wouldn't be coming home, she turned her blame on God.

Jennifer: "When he didn't answer my prayers the way I wanted them answered, that is when the anger really just took over my life and consumed me for quite some time."

A year of heartache, despair, and anger, this grieving widow decided to make a change.

Jennifer: "Tragedies bring us to a fork in the road of our faith, and they will either turn you away from God or they will turn you to God and when I stood at that fork, that is when God really used a lot of these people to help turn me in the right direction."

Sands has now used her story to help others who have faced or are facing challenges. She tours around the county speaking at women's conferences like this one, and has even written three books to help inspire those in need.

Women walking out of this conference say they will be better prepared to handle any challenge life throws at them.

Vonda Anderson/Fargo: "God puts people and things in their life at times that we really do question, and i think with the help of seeking him, he will rise above."

Kate Rennicke/Brainerd: "Remind myself of how to make it through life's curve balls and how to keep going and run the race."

Responses like these, have flushed out every ounce of Sands' anger. Helping people has given her peace, and she says someday she will see her beloved Jim again.

If you would like to hear Sands story, she'll be speaking tomorrow at Hope Lutheran'S South campus at 2. It's free, and open to the public.

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