Heather Abbott reflects on anniversary, moving forward

By Alana Cerrone


Over the last year people have gotten to know Heather Abbott and her story.

Just past the finish line, when the bombs went off, she lost part of her leg.

Yet through all of that, she has been very public, very visible and very transparent about what happened to her…and now, about her recovery.

ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca sat down with Heather ahead of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I haven't been dreading it… I think for me it'll be sort of a milestone because it kind of marks a point in my recovery which has luckily for me been pretty successful and I think maybe being at the marathon will feel like more of an anniversary to me than the 15th itself…because I'll be doing a lot of the same things that I traditionally do on the marathon that I'm sure will bring back a lot of memories.

I've had a constant theme of not wanting to give up…not wanting to give up anything… and I haven't had to. I haven't had to give up running or swimming or wearing high heels and I don't want to give up a tradition that I loved either.”

When asked why she doesn't seem bitter or angry, Heather says, “I don't know…I mean when I think about how I would expect myself to feel, I would expect to feel angry and I understand why other people do… I just don't. I think for me….I've realized that's not gonna help me.”

Erin Chatham was the person who found Heather after the bombing.

“When she found me last year…it was the first moments of my ‘never walking on my two feet again'…and I think the two of us crossing that finish line this year is just representative of what kind of year we've had…the resiliency and support that I've received…and that initially started with her.”

Heather has gotten permission to jump in for the last ¾ of a mile or so to run with Erin Chatham. She tells ABC6 News she'll be using a blade-like prosthetic to make that run.

Also, she said she only recently learned about the details of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture and the shootout in Watertown. She said she wasn't mentally ready to focus on anything other than her recovery until recently. Now, she really wants to pay forward all the positive support and counseling she's received over the past year.

(C) WLNE-TV 2014