One year has passed since 58 people were killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting.
It’s a day many like Saskatoon’s Janelle Balaski are still trying to heal from. Balaski and her group were among 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when gunfire broke out during a performance by Jason Aldean.
“To be honest, I don’t remember the first couple months after Vegas,” Balaski said, adding the last year has been a blur.
Two people from Saskatchewan were injured in the rampage.
While Balaski wasn’t injured, the experience took a an emotional tole on her life, the effects which she is still dealing with.
Balaski developed a fear of the dark and couldn’t be around big crowds.
“There is anxiety that would almost make you sick sometimes,” she said.
Balaski said she’s come along way in the last few months. She continues to get counselling as her friends and family have become an important support net.
“I’m very open and honest with everybody about what kind of what’s going on in my life. So that they know its from Vegas.”
Although she thought her life would be back to normal, Baleski said she believes she’s moving in the right direction.
“I took my first trip since Vegas, and made it through. I’m sleeping again and I went to one small concert.”
A group that survived the shooting are reuniting Monday evening outside of Saskatoon. Balaski said its a chance to reflect and support each other.