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Opinion

Beverly Cronin

For amputees, finding inner strength

In mere seconds, the bombs exploded, and for scores of people so did their world. Spectators at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon were cheering one minute, screaming the next. In the aftermath, three people died at the scene, more than 264 were injured, and 14 people are now amputees.

I have been an amputee for 45 years. Amputee doesn’t mean disabled. I never think of myself as disabled. I would like the victims to know that they have a full, active, and rewarding life ahead. It’s theirs for the taking.

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