Boston Bombing Survivor Chooses To Finally Let Go Of Her Injured Leg, Bid Farewell With A Heartbreaking Break-Up Letter
"I think I need to start on the next leg of my journey.”
This past Monday, a Boston Marathon Bombing survivor amputated her left leg. After a year and a half trying to rehabilitate the injured leg, 27-year-old Rebekah DiMartino knew that enough was enough.
So she bid farewell the old-fasioned way: with a break-up letter.
She posted the letter to her Facebook page and reads as follows:
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,
According to the Boston Globe, DiMartino (Gregory on Facebook) underwent 15 operations to save the limb since the April 2013 bombing that cost the legs of 17 others, but still faced pain everyday. She knew she'd be happier — and able to live a fuller life with her son Noah and her husband — without it.
So she gave it one last pedicure, threw a "farewell, left leg" dinner and bid her limb adieu.
Afterwards, she posted a photo of her left leg gone, with a smiley face on the cast. She took to Facebook to share the news.
"As I look down I see that my leg is really gone but there is not an ounce of sadness anywhere in my heart. What has been anticipated and stressed about since April 2013 is over and I am moving on to the next chapter," she wrote.
"Life was never promised to be easy but guess what? That's ok. Because when we find that silver lining in the toughest of places, it always seems to be worth it. And sometimes that may mean making tough decisions to get rid of what is holding us back."