Boston Marathon Bombing survivor speaks at Cameron University
LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor who lost her leg near the finish line spoke to a crowd at Cameron University Wednesday about never letting life get you down no matter how bad the circumstances.
Rebekah Gregory says the day the bomb went off was the worst day of her life, but she also believes it was the best day of her life as well.
She says, "I thought I was going to die on the street that day."
Gregory says a homemade bomb going off just three feet away from her changed her perspective on life.
"On April 15th, 2013 I could have died," she says, "I should have died, but what really happened is I started living because now I appreciate everything in my life so much more."
Gregory and her son were at the race waiting at the finish line for a friend when the bomb exploded.
"I was pinned to the ground and I tried to move," says Gregory, "I could only move my head and you wonder what happened and my mind was thinking where in the world is my son? Where is Noah?"
Her son Noah was sitting at her feet when the bomb went off. He only suffered minor injuries because the back of her legs took what would have hit and possibly killed him. She'd later have one of her legs amputated because of her injuries from the flying debris.
Even though it's been nearly four years since the bombing, she says her life was left on Boylston Street that day.
Gregory says, "You can never go back to your old life and sometimes that's really difficult. I remember everything I saw that day. I remember my bones lying next to me on the sidewalk. I remember other people's bodies all around me. I remember you know, being on fire. It still hurts to talk about it because those are the visions I have in every one of my nightmares."
Gregory says thankfully the average person isn't going to get hit by a bomb, but everyone will have life 'blow up' in their face at some point in time. How they react is what's important.
"It happens time and time again. If you can take those blow ups and make something out of it and become a better person then that's truly what it's all about," says Gregory. "We're all trying to do the same thing at the end of the day which is lead a good life and I hope that people stick together and that they come out stronger in the end."
She hopes those who attended Wednesday night left inspired and ready to take on another day.
Since the bombing, Gregory has gotten married and had another child who is now ten-months-old. She's also written a book about the tragedy which will be released next month.
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