Lara Logan on being a survivor, living with PTSD: 'Life is not about dwelling on the bad'

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It’s been almost a year since CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was horrifically beaten and sexually assaulted by a group of men in Egypt. The tragic attack took place while Logan and her CBS crew were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to cover the fall of Hosni Mubarek’s dictatorship. But the unimaginable horrors that happened to Logan (she recalled to 60 Minutes the hell she endured on that February night) haven’t stopped her. Not from being a journalist or a Mom or a survivor.

The New York Daily News spoke with Logan, who will return to 60 Minutes and CBS News and will co-host Person to Person with Charlie Rose, about what her life has been like in the past year. Logan, who struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder since her vicious attack, said of her condition, “It manifests itself in different ways. I want to be free of it, but I’m not. It doesn’t go away. It’s not something I keep track of. It’s not predictable like that. But it happens more than I’d like.”

While Logan fights through her PTSD, the wife and mother of two (Joseph, 3, and Lola, almost 2) told the Daily News that her family has been her biggest support system. “Your family is critical,” said Logan, “You can’t do it alone. My husband is a great support. He understands, he doesn’t hide from it, from what happened. He knows everything, more than anyone, what they did to me.”
Logan concluded, “When I’m lying there, waiting for my daughter to go to sleep, I have time to think about things. Those can be dark moments. You ranger through, you have to. You’re aware of how much you have and it’s so much more than what you’ve lost. You have a responsibility. Life is not about dwelling on the bad.”

Read more:
Lara Logan’s ’60 Minutes’ interview on her attack and rape: ‘I thought I was going to die’
Lara Logan’s horrifically prescient interview with Charlie Rose: ‘It’s in my blood to be there.’
Anderson Cooper rips journalist who scoffed at Lara Logan’s assault

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