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Dic Donohue still recovering from gunshot wounds

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Transit police officer Dic Donohue knows he's lucky to have survived a gun battle with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.    

As he continues his recovery, he tells 7News, every day is a challenge; but it's one he's tackling as best he can.

Struggling to keep his optimism and his balance, Donohue is working hard to regain his strength.

“I'm tired, my legs are tired. Nobody can teach you patience and I guess I’m still learning it now. It takes a long time to heal, especially nerve damage and regaining some strength. It doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.

It's been nearly a year now since the 33-year-old transit police officer was almost killed in a gun battle with the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.

“Every once in a while I’ll see something that will kind of trigger a memory or trigger a feeling. I just kind of deal with those things as they come,” Donohue said.

Donohue lost large amounts of blood that night, and can’t remember a lot of details about the hours before his injury, including being at the scene of his friend Sean Collier’s death.

He says he isn't troubled by the probability he was shot by friendly fire.

“In the big scheme of things mission accomplished. Nobody else got hurt so it doesn’t bother me,” he said.

What does bother him, is not being able to go back to work.  

“I’ve kept busy, but I'm not working, I’m not back at my job. That’s the ultimate goal. Hopefully we’re closer than we were 7 or 8 months ago but not quite there. I can’t pinpoint a time when I’ll be back but that’s the ultimate goal,” he said.

While he has an aggressive physical therapy schedule, Donohue also spends some of his time giving back. He's grateful that he got lifesaving blood when he needed it. Donohue and his wife visit blood banks often.

“One of the things I learned from the whole experience was that I received 46 total blood products; platelets, plasma and blood cells. From that I’ve kind of developed a relationship with the American Red Cross,” he said.

But what really keeps him motivated to keep moving forward is his family.

“I have an 18-month-old son at home when I got home from the hospital and he was crawling, now he’s walking. There’s only one speed; full speed ahead. That keeps me going, that keeps me motivated and it keeps me busy. It’s such a good thing to have around me. Then I have the support from my family and friends. Anything I need is there,” he said.

The Transit Police Department says Donohue’s job will still be there once he is healthy and strong enough to return to work.

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