Podcast #232 // Rebekah Gregory on Taking Her Life Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing
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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her 5-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of the bombs went off just three feet away from her, Gregory’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. 18 surgeries and 65 procedures later, Rebekah’s left leg was amputated.
In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation. While Rebekah’s story is laced with challenges and trauma, it’s clear that the bombing was not the only incident to define her. Her story is infused with hope and determination as she refuses to see herself as a victim, but as a survivor who brings readers along her personal journey through abuse, mistakes and pain, and into the embrace of her faith.
In this episode we talk about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.
Rebekah’s story is full of inspiration and joy. I hope you find this conversation encouraging.
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