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May 7, 2013

Marathon bombing survivor recalls recovery, outpouring of support

Marathon survivor recalls recovery, outpouring of support

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This weekend, Lawler is expected to take her first real outing since the bombing to witness her younger brother, Jeramey, graduate from college. Lawler is close to graduating herself, attending Lesley University in Cambridge, while working. Since returning from the hospital, Lawler has been doing what she can to resume normal activities such as visiting friends and getting her fingernails painted.

Still, Lawler said some days are better than others in terms of staying focused on the positive and not questioning the motives of the bombers. Aiding her in that endeavor is the overwhelming sense of camaraderie expressed by the entire region who have remained Boston Strong since.

“I’ve always loved Boston. It’s my hometown, I love it,” said Lawler, who has lived in Boston since 2005. “It really shows the heart of Boston. I feel like we have such a strong sense of community.”

Lawler said she mainly avoided media accounts of the bombings and even turned off the television when she heard there had been a massive shootout between the suspects and police.

“I was upset, I couldn’t watch it. So I turned it off,” Lawler said.

Asked whether she would attend the next Boston Marathon, Lawler was adamant.

“Yes, I will be there. There’s no way I’m not going to be there. It’s going to take a while to get back to Boylston [Street] — to see the spot where I was standing. But I’m not going to let these stupid boys ruin the Boston Marathon for me. They don’t get to win, they lose,” Lawler said.

Lawler didn’t try to hide her anger toward the two bombers but stressed that their attempt to hijack the Boston Marathon and fill Greater Boston and the country with dread failed miserably. In fact, she said, their actions only served to bring Boston closer together and restore her faith in humanity.

“They set out to make people afraid, to ruin people, to break people. They have not accomplished anything. They lose. Everyone is stronger because of it,” Lawler said.

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