Shark attacks happen. But when was the last time someone attacked by a shark blogged about the horrific experience and the struggle to recover?
Meet 38-year-old Nicole Moore, a mom and registered nurse from Orangeville, Ontario, whose blog "My Story of Survival" has comments from people across the globe. The blog was originally intended to update friends and family about what happened, and how she was doing. But it's attracted attention around the world.
Moore was vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, in late January and went into the ocean to wash off sand after playing volleyball. Waist-deep, she felt a tug on her arm.
"I just remember the water filling with my own blood. It was just completely a sea of red," Moore told the CBC. "It was a sensation I'll never forget. My first reaction was just to grab that shark and push it while I pulled my arm away to get free." Watch Moore talk about the attack.
She scrambled back to shore. Moore's arm had to be amputated, and she faces many surgeries ahead. She blogged about having to explain the amputation to her daughters. "Mommy's arm was too broke and they [the doctors] had to take it off."
March 6, Moore blogged: "We are still trying to get the right pain control formula other wise Iâ€™m still doing OK with my stump. I am, however, exhausted most of the time so please excuse any mistakes. I had a wonderful day today filled with lots of terrific visitors including my precious girls who were busy at the grandparents all weekend long making T-shirts, exquisite artwork and scrapbooks that brought tears to my eyes."