This past weekend I happened to be walking up Boylston Street in Boston at night when I passed the site of the first bombing location from last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.  The building that was damaged from that explosion was being repaired, and as I looked across the street at the Boston Central Library, I thought of the horrible events from last April 15 and wondered how the victims were doing at this time, almost one year later.  It was surreal to touch a green mailbox at that site and see many parts of the metal showing damage and indentations, perhaps from the pressure-cooker bomb that damaged and forever changed so many lives.  Fortunately, although many of the  injured still struggle with recovery issues, there have been many positive stories of healing and improvement: Washington Post, ABC News, Stride Nation, Esquire, CNN

One of the more inspiring stories is about a female hairdresser from Lowell, Celeste Corcoran, who after losing both her legs in the bombing has now been able to begin running with her prosthetic limbs, as well as rock climb and swim.

The most heartwarming story of all, I feel, is about Erika Brannock, a preschool teacher who was the last bombing victim to leave an acute care hospital, 50 days after the bombing.  She is also a below-knee amputee and has undergone 18 surgeries on her right leg.  She has been using mirror therapy to help improve her phantom limb pain.

The 2014 Boston Marathon is three weeks away and will likely be one of the most anticipated sporting events in recent memory.  Keep the stories of the heroes from 2013’s race with you as you watch or participate in the upcoming race and stay strong.


Stuart J. Glassman, MD

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