It’s Okay. It’s Just A Leg.

How could we forget the bombing at the Boston marathon? It was one of the worst bombings that we, as a nation, have encountered. There were some that left the scene unscathed, others that went to the hospital with gaping wounds all over their bodies, and three that ended their lives at the marathon. Some of those that suffered then are still suffering now a year and a half later, but a few have chosen to do nothing but complain. Others have changed their lives so that they can be happy with what they have. Rebekah DiMartino, a mom of a 7-year old, is one who recently found out that she needed to amputate her lower left leg due to the damage. Unlike the other survivors, she isn’t whining about her difficulties. In fact, she is excited for this surgery! She wants to start a new chapter in her life, and she believes that this operation will be the gateway to that future.

This isn’t the first surgery that she is going through for her leg. She has so far gone through seventeen operations, and they were to no avail. DiMartino had a bone infection, and lost a few of her metatarsals and tissue. However, she isn’t the only one that is having her leg “chopped off”. Sixteen other survivors from the bombing have also been amputated due to the damage caused. However, she strives to remain positive. She realizes that she is getting a second chance in life, and she will not take it for granted. She wants to “climb mountains” and “run marathons”, because she now appreciates her legs so much more now that she is losing one of them (1).

Her physician, Dr. Bill McGarvey states that along with her body recovering from the attack, her positive outlook at the situation will get her walking in about three months. Despite that, he also knows that there is a chance that she will have repercussions from this surgery, such as continuous pain. DiMartino knows this as well, but she is not looking so much at the downsides. She is looking at how other amputees are living their lives with the surgery. She noticed that life is all about getting “out of your comfort zone” (1). She can’t live sitting in a chair all day without moving unless absolutely necessary. With this in mind, DiMartino, along with her son and husband, are all trying to change their lives for the better. She will also have happy memories to hold on to, like a wedding to celebrate and settling into a new home.

Does she regret the efforts made in the last 18 months? Yes. Is she terrified? Absolutely. However, she wouldn’t change a thing about this decision. She is relieved that once this is over, she will be able to live with her son and husband in their new home, starting their new life.


Leitsinger, Miranda. “Boston Marathon Survivor Rebekah DiMartino To Have Leg Amputated.” NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

Engel, Meredith. “Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Gets Leg Amputated Monday.” NY Daily News. N.p., 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.


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