Boston Marathon Survivor Writes Goodbye Letter to Leg

Boston Marathon Survivor Writes Goodbye Letter to Leg

A Boston Marathon bombing survivor had her leg amputated on Monday due to the injuries she suffered from the blast, but before saying goodbye physically… she wrote an emotional (and witty) goodbye letter on her Facebook page. [Time]

After over 15 surgeries that failed to restore function in her left leg, 27-year-old Rebekah Gregory announced Friday that her doctor would “finally cut off the one thing that is holding me back.”

Hey it’s me.

I’m sure it won’t come as a shock to you when I say that we’ve grown apart. The love that we once had has dwindled, and this relationship has become a real burden on my life. We have been through a lot together. We have seen a lot of places, done a lot of things, and you have helped me through some of the toughest steps thus far. I promise to always treasure that. And I’m not saying this isn’t hard for me. It is. But as tough as it may be, I feel like our time together has come to an end. I need to feel everyday that by having a relationship with you, I am becoming a better person. And for a long while now, I haven’t felt like that. Instead, I feel like you are holding me back from really reaching my full potential. Now I get this is probably pretty tough to hear me say, but I have never lied to you and I don’t plan to start now. What I need is something you can’t give me anymore. And the empathy that you require, I can no longer handle. I love you. I really do. But I think I need to start on the next leg of my journey. So with that said, I have enclosed a gift certificate that I hope you will use. Go get yourself one last pedicure on me and enjoy it because tomorrow… I will be cutting you out of my life for good.

Wishing you the best wherever you end up,

–Rebekah

Gregory’s 1.5-hour surgery went smoothly, and she didn’t take long to share photos of her recovery. “Do you ever wake up and think man I am so blessed??!! That is me this morning,” Gregory wrote optimistically in a caption of a photo showing only one leg.

Doctors at Gregory’s Houston-area hospital pointed to Gregory’s positive attitude as a key reason for her triumph over her ordeal.

Click HERE to see photographs that she shared titled “Left leg’s last day” along with the letter.

–Justin

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