Adrianne Haslet-Davis and her husband were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. A ballroom dancer, Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg. She also suffers from PTSD. As she writes in a moving editorial for CNN, the “popping of a balloon” or any impact is something she needs to guard against constantly.
Haslet-Davis’s husband, Air Force Major Adam Davis, was also injured in the bombing. He still suffers from PTSD as a result of both the Boston Marathon bombing and his service in Afghanistan. Haslet-Davis, who favored the death penalty for the bomber, was at first conflicted by the verdict that delivered her wish. A conversation she has with her mother is an extraordinary example of how people can disagree on something in principle, and yet see the reality and necessity of others’ personal choices. (“If this brings you even a little bit of peace, I am thrilled for you,” says her mother.) Haslet-Davis writes about this and more for CNN here.