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Heather Abbott returns to normal life after marathon bombing

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Heather Abbott, who lost her leg in the second Boston Marathon explosion, is one of many survivors moving on as Boston Remembers.
Known for her bright smile and love of high heels, Heather Abbott says the nation's support has pushed her forward this past year.
That support includes a city's love as well as encouragement from some stars.

“I got to meet the First Lady and Beyoncé. These were great things not only because it was great to do them, it was also when there were times when you just felt like you didn't want to get off the couch for days. You couldn't say no to Beyoncé,” Abbott said.

Those are much-needed highs as she adjusts to a new normal.

“I've been back to the Forum restaurant, where I was that day. I just go over and over every time I was there, how close I was standing to where the bomb was,” Abbott said.

She was with friends that afternoon, waiting to get inside the restaurant after catching a Red Sox game when the first bomb went off.

“Before I could react though, the second bomb went off and the next thing I knew, I was on the ground, inside the restaurant,” she said.

Doctors ended up amputating Abbott’s left foot.

In the months since, she's tried hard to return to her previous life.

“Even though sometimes it's impractical to be wearing high heels with a prosthetic leg and it might seem kind of frivolous to people, it's something that I’m hanging onto from my old life that I don't have to let go of,” she said.

The 39–year-old works part time at the same job and still lives in Newport.
“I can wear sandals and everything, and this is my running leg, it's very springy,” she said.

Abbott says marking the one-year anniversary of the bombings has been more difficult than she expected, but she says she will do it with the city whose support she is grateful for.

“It helped me stay focused on my recovery I felt like everyone was pulling for me and I didn't want to let people down. I guess in some ways, that could be seen as putting a lot of pressure on, but for me it was helpful. It helped push me,” she said

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