Boston Marathon survivor Rebekah Gregory DiMartino was taken away from the 2013 Boston Maraton in an ambulance. Her life was on the line as they rushed her to the hospital. She was able to survive and keep all her limbs. But her left leg was injured so badly that it required 15 operation to repair it and still didn’t totally heal it. Rebekah made the difficult decision to amputate below the knee to end the struggle.
The story could have ended on a sad note. But Rebekah refused to let that happen.
After the April Boston Marathon bombing, 27-year-old Rebekah Gregory DiMartino began the long rode to recovery.
The amazingly upbeat Texas Mom posted on Facebook her decision to finally end the long battle with her leg problem. She treated the situation as any girl would, with a break up letter. The letter reads:
“I feel like you are holding me back from really reaching my full potential,” she wrote on Nov. 9, adding, “I love you. I really do. But I think I need to start on the next leg of my journey.”
On Monday, she also wrote, “Adios leg!!!!!!!!!!”
Here is the full letter:
“Hey it’s me.
I’m sure it won’t come as a shock to you when I say that we’ve grown apart. The love that we once had has dwindled, and this relationship has become a real burden on my life. We have been through a lot together. We have seen a lot of places, done a lot of things, and you have helped me through some of the toughest steps thus far. I promise to always treasure that. And I’m not saying this isn’t hard for me. It is. But as tough as it may be, I feel like our time together has come to an end. I need to feel everyday that by having a relationship with you, I am becoming a better person. And for a long while now, I haven’t felt like that. Instead, I feel like you are holding me back from really reaching my full potential. Now I get this is probably pretty tough to hear me say, but I have never lied to you and I don’t plan to start now. What I need is something you can’t give me anymore. And the empathy that you require, I can no longer handle. 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.
Wishing you the best wherever you end up,
DiMartino removed the leg on her terms. Treating herself to a pedicure and adding a note to her leg saying “It’s not you it’s me!” Her attitude remaind positive through the whole thing.
The decision wasn’t easy for Rebekah. But the constant pain left her in a wheelchair or on crutches. She didn’t feel she was leading a normal life and was prevented from having fun with her 7-year-old son Noah. The hour long surgery was a success and she seemed in good spirits.
Her positive attitude continued as she said:
“Life was never promised to be easy but guess what? That’s ok. Because when we find that silver lining in the toughest of places, it always seems to be worth it. And sometimes that may mean making tough decisions to get rid of what is holding us back. But I’m here to tell you that when that happens…the possibilities are endless. So if that is you today, whatever battles you are up against…rock on!!! Because even though I don’t even have a leg to stand on, I have found my silver lining and nothing can take that away from me.”
Don’t think Rebekah is done yet. Now she says she’s ready to work toward her goal of running the 2015 Boston Marathon on her new prosthesis.