DVR ALERT~ Roseann is currently taping an interview with Emily Rooney to air tonight at 7pm on PBS Boston. Emily has been having her favorite guests on recently and she asked Roseann to meet with her again for a follow up. Please watch and tell your friends!!!
Roseann has launched her site www.robostrong.com
with the intent of sharing her story to bring inspiration and motivation to others. She recently spoke at the Dana Hall School outside of Boston and is pictured here with some of the students after her talk.
Among the many people who came to Roseann’s aid on April 15, 2013, was a retired Fire Captain from Attleboro MA, Ray Slater. He, like so many others, ran TOWARD the danger after the explosions. He came across Roseann and assisted Shores, Shana and other first responders in stabilizing Roseann prior to her being transported to Mass General Hospital. Like so many other heroes from that day we are forever grateful for Ray's assistance. Ray and Roseann have only recently been in touch and have not yet met in person but she is quickly learning of his love for his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Because of his own health challenges he is fulfilling his life long dream of riding cross country on his motorcycle and has pledged to fundraise for Roseann’s medical costs. Please read Ray’s www.gofundme.com/ridingforroseann
site to read a bit more and follow his journey. A donation would be wonderful but it’s really more about supporting and following Ray’s unpredictable dream of a lifetime. Thank you, Ray, for being there for Roseann on April 15, 2013 and also for all you are doing in her name! We all wish you love and support as you make your way across our beautiful country!!!
“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” ― Vince Lombardi
Roseann had her last day of physical therapy at Spaulding Rehab a month ago on May 8th. She works hard every day to create a seamless, natural gait. Roseann says, "I am now left on my own to use the tools they have provided me with. Although my gait is still off I just have to continue doing what I learned in PT." Here is a photo of Roseann doing some hard work at a PT session a few months back.
On May 17, Mike Materia, first responder and now Roseann's boyfriend was honored at the 135th Firefighters Ball with a Medal of Honor from the Boston Fire Department for his role in the Boston Marathon. Congratulations Mike - and THANK YOU!!!
Roseann does a beautiful and honest interview with PBS. Please watch...
For me, 4/15 is just a date. The Boston Marathon has much more significance than just the month and day. There are so many emotions associated with today & its events. Thankfully, along with the sad, there have been very happy moments and bonds that have formed with old and new friends (in some cases more than friends ). I cannot thank everyone enough for their support over the past year. You have all made my recovery that much easier! MUCH love to all!!! Shana Cottone, Shores Salter, Mike Materia, Jenna Dziedzic, Alissa Ward, Sabrina Dello Russo and Megan Lawrence. - Roseann
Here we are, the day before the big race. So many emotions but as I mentioned previously I am thankful for those that are supporting by running tomorrow. My hope is that I will be there somewhere on Boylston (as hard as it will be) to cheer you on but I'm still not sure. But please know I will be thinking and tracking each of you through your the day. Much love to all of you and thankful for all that you have done, for this race and this past (difficult) year. John Abbott, Nancy Abbott, Maria Benway, Joe Bryson, Sarah Friedman, and a special shout out to Jennifer Anstead "” with Megan Lawrence, Amy Dowe, Sabrina Dello Russo, Katy Zanetti, Ryan Buckley, Mark Buckley and Matt Murphy.
Love Roseann xoxo
A post from Roseann:
I know I have been "absent" over the last several months as all the training has been going on for both the 5k and the marathon. Please know even though I've removed myself from it each of you have been in my thoughts, even more so as we enter this weekend. I cannot thank you all enough for making it your mission with these 2 races to help me out and additionally I hope it helps you all heal in your own way. It is with a very heartfelt thank you to all and wish you all the best of luck tomorrow Jenna Dziedzic, Marisa Agapito Gianino, Carla Ascione Alissa Passacantilli Tizzano Alissa Ward Tracey Milligan Jane Chantal Jackie Loehr Carroll Lindsay Small Deirdre Fleming Shea Lisa LaVerne Zanetti Carolyn Hayes Kathleen Jones Dawn Pomeroy Patty Taylor O'Neill Nikki Innocent Rene, Kaitlyn, Shane, Erica, Justin, and Brian! - Roseann XOXO
DVR ALERT!!! Roseann will be on Katie tomorrow, Friday April 18th, at 3:00pm on WCVB Channel 5 (Boston) or check your local listings.
A message from Roseann:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie
It is important, today, to express my gratitude for a year filled with people who sustained me through the most difficult physical and emotional time in my life. I am grateful to Shores, the civilian who ran in when he could have turned away, grateful for Shana and Mike, as well as the police and firemen who risk their lives every day. I'm grateful for the doctors, nurses, aides, physical therapists, occupational therapist and everyone involved in treating me at MGH and Spaulding. I am grateful for the family, friends (old and new) and strangers who have given their love & support over the last year through thick and thin. It is so much that I am not sure I can repay, other than offering my deepest, most sincere expression of thankfulness and gratitude for all that has been done for me and my fellow survivors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Roseann
Roseann, Mike, Shana and Shores will be on the Matty in the Morning Show tomorrow morning!!! They should be on in the 7:00 hour. Tune in to Kiss 108 (WXKS 107.9) or listen on iHeart Radio. Matty and his crew have been wonderful to Roseann this past year and we are so grateful for their support!
Robert X. Fogarty and his Dear World Boston project brought Roseann to the Boylston Street Finish Line to reclaim that space with her message of strength. Thank you Robert for giving Roseann the opportunity to continue to be Boston StROng!!!
Roseann and Mike attended an event at the Paradise last night in Boston to raise money for the funds of fallen firefighters Lt Ed Walsh and Firefighter Mike Kennedy. It's heartening to see that the NE Patriot's Gronkowski (pictured with Ro and Mike) along with other professional athletes and local celebs came out to lend their support!
"But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown."
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878
Engine 33 Ladder 15 holds a very special place in Roseann's heart. It was Mike Materia (in photo taken from banner on Roseann's Facebook support site) who held Roseann in the back of the paddy wagon during transport to MGH after the explosion on April 15th. Mike is stationed at the Boylston St House and has lost two brothers. This past year, the firefighters there and Roseann have forged an unbreakable bond. Mike and Roseann (and the city of Boston) are now moving through another personal tragedy. Please offer your support and visit www.bosfirecu.com
to contribute, if you can, to the fund for these two remarkable heroes.
Roseann was at the Forum restaurant on Boylston St today for a fundraiser brunch organized by the "Running for Ro" Marathon and 5k team. Thank you to all the organizers, the Forum restaurant and all who attended and supported the event. Please visit and click Like on the "Running for Ro" Facebook page for bios and updates on the teams training and fundraising efforts!
Roseann, Celeste Corcoran and Heather Abbott were photographed and filmed at the finish line on Boylston Street this past Thursday by world renowned photographer Robert Fogarty. Here's a powerful clip of three women who are unstoppable!
10 MONTHS AGO
Kevin Spacey visited Roseann while she was at Spaulding Hospital and even tweeted about how amazing she is shortly after his visit. Watch as he talks about his feelings about our extraordinary city of Boston...and how the 2nd Boston came to be. Enjoy!
10 MONTHS AGO
"The soul is healed by being with children." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This letter was sent to Roseann from the 10 year old daughter of one of Ro's college friends. The world is a better place because of people like Sarah. Great job Mom and Dad!!!
From Roseann :
Finally, during my down time recovering from the ear surgery this past week after almost 9 months, I had the time to read through everyone's posts and donations on the Go Fund Me Site. All 4945 of them. Words cannot express my feelings as I read through some of the nicest, kindest words from family, friends and complete strangers. Near and far. And I know there are many who have donated directly as well and my thanks to all of you too. It continues to be truly amazing and gives me renewed strength and focus to keep forging forward in this recovery battle. It's hard but I've come to realize that the only thing I can do at this point is say thank all to you for being so generous, showing me true human kindness. Xoxo
"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." -John Ruskin
Thank you for your kindness and healing thoughts yesterday while Roseann underwent surgery to repair her ruptured eardrum. The surgery lasted about 3 1/2 hours and the doctors considered the procedure a success! Roseann arrived home around dinner time and rested comfortably last evening. She is now taking it easy for the next few weeks to allow its healing. Have a wonderful weekend!!
"Last & final surgery this morning. Rebuilding the ear drum. Yes even in this blizzard. Happy 2014 everyone! Looking forward to a fresh start." Roseann Sdoia from Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support Facebook Page
Thank you to Brasserie 28 in Andover MA and Smith Motor Sales of Haverhill MA for the wonderful fundraiser last evening! Here is a photo of the lucky raffle winners. To all who were involved in the evening in any way - thank you for your generosity and support as Roseann continues her recovery journey!
Check out this video on Roseann's upcoming documentary - Who Says Roseann Can't Run? - Your support is so very much appreciated!!!
Roseann, Celeste & Sydney Corcoran and Jeff Bauman were honored as Grand Marshals at Lowell's City of Lights parade Saturday November 30th.
From Roseann Thursday 11/28/13 (taken from Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support Facebook page)
I have SO many reasons to be thankful this year! Thanks to the strangers, police, firefighter and doctor that kept me alive on April 15. I am thankful for all the old friends, new friends and many who don't even know me who have supported me since then. I am thankful for my family who gave up their lives during my recovery. All I can say to everyone is thank you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!
Who Says Roseann Can't Run??? Oh yes she will!!! Please watch this video about a documentary in the works that will chronicle Roseann's return to running!
Here is a photo from River Hawk Strong. Roseann, Celeste Corcoran, Karen Rand and their first responders were honored as special guests at UMass Lowell last evening as the UML River Hawks Men's Hockey team took on the Northeastern Huskies. These amazing honorees donated the proceeds of the evening to America's Fund as a way of saying "thank you" to the wounded veterans who were immediately by their sides showing care, compassion and support after Marathon Monday. What a beautiful way to remember and honor our veterans on this special weekend. Happy Veteran's Day!
Roseann on the Red Sox...
Roseann, Celeste and Karen give back to those who have made such a difference in their recovery. November 9, 2013 7:00pm Northeastern Huskies v UML River Hawks at Tsongas Center Lowell MA
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RIVER HAWKS TO HONOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SURVIVORS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Portion of Proceeds from "River Hawk Strong Night" to Benefit
America's Fund, UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund
LOWELL, Mass. (October 24, 2013) "“ UMass Lowell will honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing with "River Hawk Strong Night" on Nov. 9 prior to the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern hockey game at 7:00 p.m. Marathon survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Karen Rand of Somerville and Roseann Sdoia of Dracut will drop the ceremonial first puck. They will be joined on the ice by first responders.
A portion of the ticket sales from the game will support Boston Marathon bombing survivors through America's Fund and the UMass Lowell Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund. America's Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. In 2013, America's Fund created a new program, the America's Fund Mentors, through which veterans will mentor those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. UMass Lowell established the Boston Marathon Scholarship Fund in the days following the April 15, 2013 attack to benefit anyone affected by the tragedy who wishes to pursue an education at the university.
"I am grateful for the support of the veterans who came early on during the recovery process. Their encouragement, confidence and tips have come in handy with attacking every day," said Sdoia of America's Fund. Sdoia, a UMass Lowell alumnus, lost her right leg in the marathon bombings. "We are honored by the outpouring from the UMass Lowell community," she said.
Sydney Corcoran, Celeste Corcoran and Rand also suffered severe injuries in the marathon attacks.
"Sydney and I are both honored to be a part of this fundraiser that will benefit America's Fund and the university's scholarship fund," said Celeste Corcoran. "There are no words to describe the support and feelings of empowerment during our at times slow recovery."
"Like everyone, we were stunned by the bombings at the Boston Marathon and continue to be inspired by the strength and grace the survivors have shown in the months since the attack," said UMass Lowell Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. "While time has passed, the needs of the survivors still remain, and we are pleased to be able to contribute in even a small way. We appreciate all the support and generosity of the River Hawks' fan base, the campus and the Lowell community."
Tickets for the River Hawks are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center Box Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets online at TsongasCenter.com or by contacting Andrew Ralph (email@example.com; 978-934-5749) or Joe Fellini (firstname.lastname@example.org; 978-934-5751).
Here is a video highlighting an amazing event for Roseann coordinated by Ro's dear friend, Dawn. Check it out...pretty great!
Published on Oct 16, 2013
Roseann Sdoia lost her right leg from the second bomb that exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Emily Rooney spoke to her in May, when she was going through physical therapy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She checked in with Sdoia again six months after the explosions.
Roseann finally got her running leg yesterday!!!! Woohoo!!! Love the cheetah print...run like the wind, Ro!!
Roseann and other survivors and first responders come together for #BostonStrong Reunited. Watch on WCVB Channel 5 TONIGHT Monday Oct 14th 7pm. Here's a preview:
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust
Please watch this amazing video created by some of Roseann's "charming gardeners." :-)
Marathon Bombing Victim Makes Strides Toward Her New Normal:
Roseann Sdoia sits in the lobby of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, her $100,000 right leg stretched straight out from her right hip. The 45-year-old property manager from the North End holds the socket that covers her thigh in both hands, rocking it ever so slightly, back and forth. Sdoia's leg hurts. She had a hard time earlier sliding what remains of her thigh into the pinkish, carbon-fiber cup.
Roseann Sdoia's artificial right leg. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
"It's a little of a nuisance this morning," Sdoia says. "I had some chips last night and some olives and feta cheese."
Salty snacks? Is that why her leg is swollen? Some days, Sdoia, who stands 5-foot-1, has the opposite problem: her leg is too small for the socket.
She recalls looking down one day to see the artificial limb slowly "turning in."
"And I'm like, eventually my foot is going to be facing backwards if it keeps twisting like that," she says. "Every so often I would have to put a sock on to keep me suspended."
Sdoia carries around prosthetic socks to add or subtract layers, although she hopes she won't need them as much with her new state-of-the-art prosthetic limb. The knee has a gyroscope for surface changes and six sensors that adjust for weight, direction and balance, as well as a microprocessor. Below the knee, rods of high-impact plastic end in an adjustable ankle and a carbon fiber foot. Once Sdoia gets her thigh into the socket, suction holds it tight so she won't put any weight on the amputated end of her thigh.
"You want it to create suction, that's how it stays on," Sdoia explains. "My limb is kind of suspended in the socket. It feels like when you put your ski boot on. I feel like my leg is in a ski boot of sorts."
Sdoia's dress leg. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
Wiring malfunctioned in Sdoia's first $100,000 leg and she had to send it back. She just got the replacement. So far her insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is covering all the expenses. Eventually she hopes to have a running leg so she can get back to regular jogs, and a dress leg with a 2-inch heel foam molded to look like her natural calf and a silicon sleeve designed to match the freckles and even veins of her skin. Whatever the limb looks like, Sdoia is thrilled to have it.
"When I first put on the leg and looked down and saw two feet below me, it was an unbelievable feeling, even if it wasn't my real foot."
Now Sdoia has to make the foot and leg work. Just going up and down the 18 stairs to her North End apartment takes a lot out of her. She's fallen at home and is anxious to make sure that doesn't happen when she returns to construction sites for her job as a property manager. The prospect of an icy winter is scary.
"I think if I fall in public it will be more dramatic because I think it will be more of an ego getting bruised than anything else." Sdoia says, laughing at this admission. But she's serious. "I don't want anyone to look at me and say, "˜Oh, that poor girl with one leg just fell.' "
At Spaulding's gym, Arthur Graham, a certified prosthetist, uses a small Allen wrench to shorten Roseann's leg just a touch.
"See what you think with the height and let me know," Graham says as he watches Sdoia take a few test steps. With two even legs, Sdoia is ready for physical therapy.
"There, see, that was a good knee bending," says physical therapist Urvashi Chogle, who moves with Sdoia down a row of step-sized green metal hurdles. But Sdoia is frustrated.
Roseann Sdoia clears a hurdle during physical therapy with Urvashi Chogle at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
"I don't know why it's hanging like that for so long though," she says of her plastic calf. "Before it would straighten out" from the knee.
The two women are teaching Sdoia's brain to send a new set of automatic stepping instructions to her thigh.
"The problem is with me, the way I'm swinging it, to get the knee to bend," Sdoia says. "I'm not using the right muscles."
Chogle jumps in: "It's difficult to teach the leg what to do. [Sdoia] gets it right sometimes and sometimes she doesn't."
Whisps of blonde hair fall out of Sdoia's ponytail as she pumps the pedals of a bike, tries to stand on a raised foam mat with her eyes closed and tosses a small, heavy ball while walking quickly.
"She needs to multitask when she's walking. [I'm] just challenging her more, not like she doesn't have enough challenges," Chogle says, laughing and glancing up at Sdoia's face.
"OK," Chogle finally says. "That's it."
"Thank God. Take that thing," Sdoia says, tossing Chogle the ball.
On her way back to the front lobby, Sdoia stops four or five times to visit with other bombing patients and the therapists she's become close friends with during her recovery. They catch up on wedding plans, boyfriends and one marathon amputee who is already wearing skinny jeans and walking without a limp.
The survivors and the people who are helping them navigate new lives see each other at Spaulding and at two or three tributes and fundraisers a week.
"I expect it'll be like this through the anniversary and then it will probably die down," Sdoia says. "It's healthy for me to keep talking about it and still work through it."
But tears come as Sdoia lets her mind go back to that day when she lost her leg.
"Sometimes it's hard to think this is forever," she says. "But everybody says it gets easier and I'm sure it will. If we can fast forward to next year, that'd be great."
Sdoia heads home to get ready for two marathon survivor events. Part of her strategy is to stay busy, out in the world, as she gets used to life after April 15.
From Roseann (note AO refers to Roseann's college sorority):
Although it has been just over 5 months, I've slowly been getting things back to my "new" normal. Becoming fully active back on FB has been on my list of things to do but the time had to be right. After last night's fundraiser and seeing all the touching posts I thought no time like the present.
It is hard to list so many from past fund raisers to future ones, I cannot express how truly grateful I am for all of the support and love from family, friends and strangers. That is the shortest way to say it although I would love to list each and everyone. It has been amazing and I can honestly say that I can feel the love from everyone. And to all of the AO sisters, once a sister always a sister...lean on me.....
Much love back to you all.
Roseann and other Boston Marathon survivors were honored guests of "Operation Warrior Wishes" at the Patriots/Jets game Thursday night. Each survivor walked on field with a wounded veteran and they all received a standing ovation. Thank you veterans for all you have done to protect our great country and its people! Please watch..
Roseann is helping to give back to those who were so crucial in saving lives on Marathon Monday. She was an honoree and featured speaker at the "Honoring Our Heroes" event sponsored by Greater Boston Real Estate Industry on 9/11 in Boston. All proceeds from this event benefited the Boston Police Foundation.
Roseann emailed me this photo (photo credit to Megan Lawrence) with this message,
"Finally! Spent the day at Next Step getting castes for the new test socket! New socket should be ready HOPEFULLY early next week.......in dire need!"
Thank you to all who continue to donate and check the page for updates on Roseann. She is doing well and truly appreciates all of you who have not forgotten her and the other survivors' long, arduous journeys. Stay tuned for more photos and updates! Have a wonderful day! Boston StROng!!
Roseann continues to work hard in her recovery journey. She has been quite busy with her physical therapy appointments and supplemental workouts at her gym. Unfortunately, there are always bumps in the road that test her perseverance. Roseann's new X3 prosthetic had a malfunction in its microprocessor, which required service and is now out for repair. Fortunately, she received a "loaner" prosthetic to use while the X3 is being serviced. It's not as advanced a device so it is a bit of a drawback since it cannot be worn to swim or take a shower like the X3. She is still able to do her PT, though, and continues to get stronger. The reality of the need for multiple legs has made itself evident in these past weeks and Roseann is looking forward to re-establishing her therapy with the X3 when it is returned to her.
Apologies for the video of Roseann swimming not loading properly. Let's give it another try :-)
Roseann tries out her new waterproof X3 prosthetic in the pool. Awesome!!!
Roseann is continuing to work with physical therapists to perfect her gait with her prosthetic leg. The sense of independence and joy she feels to be able to move around without the crutches is phenomenal. Thank you ALL for your continued support and many fundraising efforts to help Roseann on her journey!
Roseann escorts her nieces to the Taylor Swift concert in Foxboro MA tonight. Thank you to Above All Transportation and Dunkin Donuts for the gracious gesture of transportation to and from the show and BACK STAGE PASSES!!! Those are three happy teenage girls (and a happy auntie!) Have fun ladies!! WooHoo!!!