Updated posted by Julie Moura 2 days ago
About a month ago I was sitting with my husband...
About a month ago I was sitting with my husband and our daughter in the waiting room of our pediatrician’s office, and I glanced over at a young girl reading a magazine. I whispered something to husband that I never would have imagined saying a year ago… “Look at the foot on the cover of that magazine… I think that’s Heather’s foot!” Sure enough it was in fact Heather’s foot featured on the cover of Brown Medical Magazine’s Winter edition. She was also featured in a story about when to choose amputation versus trying to save a damaged limb.
Heather’s story also made it to the United Kingdom. She is featured in the April UK edition of Marie Claire magazine in a story called “Boston Bombers Won’t Stop Running.” The magazine is currently on sale in the UK and will be on sale at Barnes & Noble in the US around March 23rd.
Heather continues with speaking engagements around the US, including Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Heath Services, Remax Employee Awards Gala, and Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Conference in Marco Island, FL.
She recently attended the book release party in NYC for “Leggy Blonde,” the memoir of Aviva Drescher, amputee and Real Housewives of New York City reality TV star. Heather will be making a guest appearance on an episode of the Real Housewives soon. The exact date of her appearance is TBD, but the series season premiere is Tuesday, March 11th at 9:00pm EST on Bravo TV.
On April 1st a book called “Long Mile Home” will be released. The book recalls the events of the Boston Marathon bombing, and features Heather’s story as well as four other individuals affected by the attacks. Heather will be participating in various interviews and book signing events to promote sales of the book, a portion of which will go to the One Fund which benefits victims of the bombing.
It will soon be one year since that horrific day which changed her life forever. Heather will be attending the Boston Marathon next month with her friends and will also be participating in many events leading up to the one year anniversary. Look for her on the local and national news in the coming weeks.
A Facebook page has been created so that you can continue to follow Heather’s progress after the one year anniversary. The page is called “Heather Abbott: Road to Recovery.” Please search for it and remember to “like” it. This page also links to her Twitter account @luvpugs92.
Thank you for your continued support. (Please be sure to visit www.gofundme.com/heatherabbott for photos.)
Updated posted by Julie Moura 1 month ago
It has been 9 months since Heather survived the...
It has been 9 months since Heather survived the Boston Marathon bombing, and she continues to make so much progress. I love having the privilege of updating all of you on her continued success.
Heather was recently recognized by Betsy Nabel, MD, President of Brigham & Women's hospital as her "One Shining Moment" of 2013 in the BWH Bulletin in an article where Dr. Nabel describes Heather as “a symbol of hope and strength in the face of difficulty.” The article includes a photo of Heather in her high heel prosthetic, which is included in this update on www.gofundme.com/HeatherAbbott.
Heather’s blade leg graced the cover of TOPS in Lexington, a Kentucky magazine, where the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon's support of her recovery fund and her upcoming visit to Kentucky is discussed. Heather says she is looking forward to meeting her supporters and practicing her "y'all".
Heather also recently participated with a panel of Spaulding Rehab nurses and therapists in an educational discussion for the MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Her injury and rehabilitation was discussed to educate students on techniques and practices that work in rehab situations like hers. Heather also recently spoke at the Portsmouth, RI Rotary Club where the group presented her with a generous donation to her recovery fund.
Heather is looking forward to being featured in UK Marie Claire and UK Cosmopolitan Magazine this spring as well as other speaking engagements including the ReMax Awards dinner and Massachussets College of Pharmacy. She will also be recognized this Saturday by Brown University at their basketball game versus Yale University.
Thank you for your continued interest in Heather’s recovery and for your generous contributions.
Updated posted by Julie Moura 2 months ago
Heather has been busy as usual over the past few...
Heather has been busy as usual over the past few weeks. During the week of Thanksgiving, she was part of the “Big Blue Bug” lighting that takes place every year in Providence, Rhode Island. A week later, Heather appeared on CNN where she spoke about her stiletto prosthetic. It was a really great clip, and I’ve included a link to the video on CNN’s website, as well as a few photos, at the bottom of this update message on www.gofundme.com/HeatherAbbott.
Heather is currently featured in the Boston Magazine Top Docs section with Dr. Crandell (her doctor from her time at Spaulding Rehabilitation) and co-marathon amputee & friend, Roseann Sdoia. This December issue is on shelves now.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2014! Heather will be recognized at the Brown vs. URI basketball game on January 2nd at Brown University. She will also be featured in the January edition of two magazines: TOPS Kentucky & Brown Medical. Heather has also booked several speaking engagements. She continues to be an inspiration to us all.
Thank you, as always, for all of your continued support for Heather and for our family. We wish everyone a very happy holiday season.
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I don't know if this will help or not. But when roads or walkways are icy, I'm terrified of falling because of the damage to my knees. When it's dangerous outside I wear knee pads from my skating days underneath my pants and they do wonders if I fall. One time I slipped on some icy steps and one knee went right into a concrete corner of the stairway. It didn't hurt at all because the hard shell knee pads took the impact. My kit also had elbow and wrist pads though I never used them. They make them in different colors and the kits were pretty inexpensive when I got them from Target (sold near bicycles and skateboards), but other places sell them as well.
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 2 months ago
Heather, That's great that you're campaigning for better cosmetic prosthetic coverage for all amputees. You're going to be helping a lot of people with this effort. I hope it helps you get all the coverage you need as well. You look fantastic in the stilettos, by the way.
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 3 months ago
Wow you looked so amazing running at the CAF camp. You also looked so happy to be getting out there and running again. I figure when it gets cold you might be able to find boots with 4" heels, but you don't need the cosmetic prosthesis to look amazing!
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 5 months ago
Heather, I hope your new memories of the Forum have helped heal the nightmare of April 15th. The wonderful things that happned that horrible day should help, too: all the people who worked together to get you to the ambulance as well as the other people with severe injuries who were rescued by the amazing heroes of that day. I hope modern medicine will help all of you get back to the active lives and a life free of pain. Congratulations on being able to go back to work. That's got to be a big morale booster.
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 6 months ago
OMG Heather that's awesome, ditching the crutches! I like the pink cane too :) I hope you find the new socket much more comfortable.
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 7 months ago
Aww I wish we could have seen ya dance! I bet that was fun. I checked out the band's website they seem really good too. That's great you're starting to get up and down the steps and able to use the crutches less.
posted by Jagdish Khandelwal 8 months ago
I wish you a speedy recovery and after reading your story, I just want you to know that someday soon, you will not have to have your friends or family help you with daily stuff. Your strong will and determination will allow you to move forward on your own. My son lost 3 limbs in the war and does it all, by himself ( with prosthetics)So I hope this encourages you to keep up the good spirit
posted by Julie Graham 9 months ago
I am so inspired by you and the other women that were on Rock Center. To have such a tragedy and still maintain your optimism is phenomenal. Stay Strong!
posted by Kellie Collins 9 months ago
ABC4All is partnered with Jazz for Peace and can do a series of FUNdraising Concerts to take care of the life-time expenses of each person shown on Rock Center and others as well. See http://fth.abc4all.net
posted by Burton Danet 9 months ago
Hi Heather, I am the US Operations Manager for Acorn Stairlifts. We just donated and installed stairlifts for the Norden brothers and we would like to do the same for you if you need it. Please contact me at email@example.com if you or any of the other victims we may have missed has a need for a lift and we'll get one in for you! Stay strong! Shawn
posted by Shawn Herbst 9 months ago
Dear Heather: Wishing you well on your recovery!! Keep staying strong like you are doing!!
posted by Diana Diaz 9 months ago
Hi Heather, I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I had been using a 'Healing with Medical Hypnosis' CD and it occurred to me that you might benefit greatly from it. So I contacted the hypnotherapist, Dr. Gurgevich, and he suggested his latest 'Healing with Hypnosis' CD and also 'Surgery' and Recovery', (free of charge). He basically encourages your body to heal itself through suggestion/meditation and has had amazing results with his patients. Anyway, Dr. Gurgevich has provided me with mp3s for you. I just need an email address where I can send them. Or you can contact him directly. Just tell him who you are and that you'd like those CDs. Here is his website so you can check it out. http://www.healingwithhypnosis .com/medical-hypnosis If you know of any others recovering that would like these CDs, please let me know. Warmest regards, Lisa Foster
posted by Lisa Foster 10 months ago
I added this charity to a list at http://www.toptenz.net/top-10- fundraisers-set-up-for-the-bos ton-marathon-bombing-victims.p hp which will hopefully bring some additional donations your way! :)
posted by Matthew Zarzeczny 10 months ago
Hi ''Heather'' all of us Jews are praying for you 3 times a day @ the synagogue that you should a have a speedy recovery
posted by Shea Heshel Fasten 10 months ago
If anyone is interested in buying a Heather Strong tee shirt, email John at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 3rd with "Heather Strong shirts" in the subject. You will need to specify the size/sizes you are ordering.
posted by Ryan Belmore 10 months ago
Stay strong Heather! We are all praying for you to make a speedy recovery!
posted by Christopher Baril 10 months ago
Prayers and blessings to you and your family. Your courage and positive attitude are very inspiring...stay strong and I'm sure you will overcome all of this adversity.
posted by Eric Dahler 10 months ago
Dear Heather, Wishing you the very best in regards to moving forward with what you were made a victim of. Keep defining beauty and class! x Best, Timothy
posted by Timothy Nelson 10 months ago
Biggest of Hugs to you, Heather! Every day, your buddies at the EWC are talking about how amazing and inspirational you are. We call you "Our Heather"......Stay strong...we are thinking of you every day.
posted by Victoria Wright 10 months ago
I WISH YOU NOTHING, BUT THE VERY BEST. GOODLUCK ON A SPEEDY RECOVERY!!
posted by Rigo Cortez 10 months ago
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