Boston Marathon amputee Roseann Sdoia ran her first 5K after being severely injured in the 2013 terror attack. According to Yahoo! News, Sdoia participated in the race in Lowell (Massachusetts) after training for several months. Fitted with a prosthetic leg, Sdoia was able to participate in the 5K, though she admitted that it wasn’t easy.
“It was more of a shuffle. A lot of walking, a short shuffle and a lot of walking… [Running is] something that I think I want to get back to, but it’s definitely a love-hate relationship. It’s not easy, and so there is a lot of anxiousness,” Sdoia said.
The Boston Marathon amputee that ran the 5K had a buddy — also an amputee. Roseann Sdoia ran with Jothy Rosenberg, founder of the Who Says I Can’t Foundation. The two likely met due to Sdoia’s involvement as an advocate for amputees’ rights. She has chosen to help others who are living life with a prosthetic limb and give hope to those who might feel like all hope is lost.
The women finished the race in an hour and a half, and that was a great accomplishment.
“That was a huge accomplishment. I’m exhausted, it’s achy, but I’m happy I did it,” Sdoia said.
According to WCVB, Sdoia was advised to start biking, but she wanted to run. There was something inside of her that wanted her to accomplish this goal, and she’s not only thrilled that she was able to do it, but she’s happy that she had someone to do it with. The experience was amazing and proved that life does go on — and it can be wonderful.
“Either one of us trying to do it by ourselves it would have been a lot harder,” Rosenberg said.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, another Boston Marathon bombing survivor made news recently. Rebekah DiMartino made the decision to amputate her leg after months of surgeries and rehab. She wrote a pretty comical letter of goodbye to her leg and shared much of her story on social media.
“I love you. I really do. But I think I need to start on the next leg of my journey. So with that said, I have enclosed a gift certificate that I hope you will use. Go get yourself one last pedicure on me and enjoy it because tomorrow…I will be cutting you out of my life for good.”
[Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Charles Krupa via Concord Monitor]