Rebekah DiMartino, a 27-year-old married mother, has been living in agony for the past 18 months following the Boston Marathon bombing. Earlier this month, after 17 operations filled with metal plates, screws, and rods, and a serious bone infection, the doctors finally amputated her leg below the knee. She's anxious to get her stitches out and be fitted for a prosthetic leg — so that she can begin training for next year's race.
"The prognosis is great. I chopped off what was holding me back," DiMartino said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press as she packed up to leave. "The prognosis, is you'll see me running the Boston Marathon next year."
Both she and her then-boyfriend Pete DiMartino suffered serious leg injuries in the Boston Bombing attack, but got married soon after the incident. And through all lingering pain she experienced, she still managed to remain positive.
In fact, she even hosted a last supper for her left leg and wrote the leg this loving parting note on her Facebook page: