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New Careers: Where Tragedy Became Triumph

After living through an accident, illness or loss of a loved one, many people find comfort in going back to the predictable rhythms of their old, familiar routines. Losing themselves at work can offer escape from these events and help set them on the road to recovery.

For others, the response is exactly the opposite, and going back to their old lives after a traumatic, life-changing event is out of the question. The only thing that seems right to them is to create a new plan for living, one that acknowledges the hardships they’ve endured and the wisdom they’ve acquired since their lives changed.

CNBC.com presents this list of people who survived tragedies and responded by creating new careers and businesses. These new ventures not only helped them cope, but may have served to inspire other people going through similarly challenging times.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 05 July 2012

© 2010 Karen Johanson