Over the last three years Queena’s mother, Vanna Nguyen has been working on a very special project: The Life She Once Knew: The Incredible True Story of Queena, The Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor. The memoir is centered on Queena’s attack and the events which followed, but will take readers through her mother’s view of childhood in Vietnam and her journey to the United States, growing up as an immigrant, and struggles of motherhood and being a single mom.

This is a remarkable story of survival and love, and proof that with God we can do impossible things, and yet still recognize the healing that comes with tragedy.

 How the power of love can heal our broken spirit; how we mentally wrap each person we meet in a circle of love; and how even while enduring our deepest pain, the power of love can heal our life.

 My daughter’s story will inspire you to get up and fight, regardless of what your current battle is. You may not be able to change the facts of your circumstances, you can turn your pain into purpose.

 My daughter, through her experience, changed her picture of the world, but in a multitude of ways for the better. She has used her story as a catalyst for spreading encouragement and hope, for showing that love conquers fear, and I believe that through reading her story you can do it too!


We are thrilled to announce our book now released. Here is the powerful book trailer for The Life She Once Knew: https://youtu.be/7JUgbVeRejQ


You can find The Life She Once Knew at these retailers. Please consider leaving a short review wherever you can.

To support Queena’s medical care and her ongoing therapy, autographed books are available for purchase here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/M7PNB6KU4BJD2HMG5SQ2I6AR

Vanna’s wish is 100% of the book proceeds can support ongoing expenses through Hope Heals the Brain and Queena’s Medical Trust Fund.

Your contribution is tax-deductible by Hope Heals The Brain, Inc. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization EIN 47-2101791