Simon and his wife, Athena, along with their three children, Marissa, Haley, and Xavier, all survived one of the deadliest tornadoes in Oklahoma history. Now, almost 10 years later, they say they are still struggling with the aftermath.
“It just seems like that day keeps on compounding,” Simon says. “The PTSD that I have, I have flashbacks daily.”

“The tornado should have been the worst day of our life, but all it did was create more worst days of our life,” adds Athena.
The parents say Xavier, who was 9 at the time and had to be pulled from the rubble where six of his classmates died, was never the same. Just weeks before the fifth anniversary of the tornado, Xavier died by suicide.
“You will never, ever get over losing Xavier,” Dr. Phil tells the family. “But you can get through it.”
Hear his advice in the video above.
On Monday’s episode, “Overcoming Disaster,” a mother describes what it was like to be trapped inside her home during Hurricane Ian with her two sons with disabilities believing they were all going to die – and why she feels guilty. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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