What would you like people to know about how you are doing or feeling now?
I'm doing okay now, but there are some days that are harder than others. For me, it has mainly been a mental battle and a struggle to return to 'normalcy'. I'm not from Boston; I was only in town for the weekend to watch a family member participate in the marathon. The events of that day were very traumatizing and scary for me (especially as someone unfamiliar with the city, scrambling around in a panic). I'm a very visual person, and so sometimes the images pop back into my mind when I don't expect them to. That day was the only time in my life that I'd visited Boylston Street. I still haven't gone back to visit Boston - and I know that's one hurdle that I hope to surmount some day.
Life is a beautiful journey and the events of Boston One Day reminded me to try to cherish every moment of mine.
Although we were just fiancees on April 15th, 2013, my S.O. and I had previously scheduled our wedding date for June 15th, 2013. We decided not to move the date, and went ahead with our wedding despite still feeling a bit shaken up. Our families really helped us to focus on the important things in life, as they shared in our joy and also our trauma. Now as we approach the 5th year anniversary of Boston One Day, we are also getting ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Life is a beautiful journey and the events of Boston One Day reminded me to try to cherish every moment of mine.
What would you like to say to the Greater Boston community in regards to the support you received following April 15, 2013?
I would like to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the welcoming, kind and supportive community that extended itself to me in this scary time of my life. As a native New Yorker, I feel even more connected to the Greater Boston Community after these events transpired. Gratefulness in abundance.
Gratefulness in abundance.
Over the past few years, have you witnessed any acts of kindness on One Boston Day that touched you? If so, what were they and why did you find them meaningful?
Although I have not been able to attend One Boston Day in person, I can say with certainty that it's a touching day and I commend the city of Boston on their efforts to focus on positivity.
During your recovery, have there been any specific moments that were particularly poignant or meaningful to you?
I am truly grateful for the updates and invitations from the One Boston group, and especially for the help of Barbara Thorp who spoke to me on the phone at length with patience and sincere concern. There was one day when I called her up and I just broke down on the phone. She listened to everything and offered me tremendous advice. I am an artist; and in the months that followed the attack I was not feeling prolific or productive. I was scared, 23 years old, explaining to her that I had been struggling to make artwork since the explosions. Barbara told me to create & keep creating, and she helped me to locate some local resources for therapy near my hometown. Without her help I don't know if I would have gotten back on the right track. Thank you Barbara Thorp, your kindness 5 years ago has meant so much more to me than I've ever told you.
Are there particular activities or charitable efforts in which you have participated that you’ve found to be especially inspiring or restorative?
I have found the acts of painting and drawing to be very inspiring and emotionally healing for me. Being creative helps me to get into a peaceful mindset.