Marathon survivor Heather Abbott determined to enjoy life

By News Staff

The Associated Press

A year after Heather Abbott lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newport resident says she's determined to get back to doing the things she did before.

Abbott has surprised herself with her strength and resilience since the bombings. Within months of getting a prosthetic leg, she went paddle boarding. Soon after, she got a leg to allow her to wear 4-inch heels, as well as a special running blade.

Still, it hasn't been easy. She feels pain in her leg, and she may need more surgery. She says everything is more difficult now.

Abbott plans to spend marathon day this year where she should have been last year: with her friends at the restaurant where she was waiting in line when the bombs went off.

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