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Jeff Bauman thankful for life, love, family

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One year ago Jeff Bauman didn't know if he would make it, but not only did he survive, he's thriving and he's inspiring people around the world with his strength.

7News anchor Adam Williams had the chance to sit down with Jeff, they talked about how his life has changed and what he's looking forward to in his future.

“I always think about it, because I look down and I’m like ‘yep’ then it runs through my head and I think of the people that lost their lives,” Bauman said.

Bauman is someone we've all come to know, if not in person in our hearts.

“I'm great. I'm super healthy and I’m strong and I’m working on the prosthetics,” he said.

Visiting with Jeff, one of the first things they talked about was his engagement; next year, he'll marry his fiancee, Erin. And in just a matter of weeks, they're having a baby.

“If it's a girl, Nora Gayle and then if it's a boy I've pushed really hard for Ziggy; it was a cat that I grew up with, my dad's cat, and it was named after Ziggy Stardust,” Bauman said,

Bauman has also thought about what he is going to tell his child about his prosthetic legs.

“I'll tell the truth and tell them what happened and, you know, explain the world to them. I don't want to shelter them, I want them to know what's out there,” he said.

While most of Jeff’s focus is on the present, he'll never forget the finish line on April 15, 2013 where he lost both legs in the bombing attack.

“I just hated laying on the ground you know, right after. I was sitting up and looking at my legs laying back down and moving myself with my hands. But I'll never forget the people around me, the smell, the smoke the chaos; people going crazy,” he said.

He's spent the last year writing “Stronger” a book about his recovery, which he released last week and is already a New York Times best seller.

“It's not just about me, it's about what my family and the people that knew me went through,” Bauman said.

He says expressing himself in writing was helpful but he's also found comfort with Bandit, his energetic rescue dog who was adopted a few months after the attack.

“It's amazing, yeah. He doesn’t let me have any down time,” Bauman said.

Bauman enjoys brewing his own beer, a new hobby he enjoys sharing with friends.
He also talked about one of the things he's looking forward to the most.

“Driving is key, I can't wait to drive. I look for cars that I’m going to get but I’m uncertain right now, I don't really know...something cool,” he said.

Bauman talked about the now iconic image showing us the horror of that terrible day where Jeff was gravely injured and the man in the cowboy hat who rescued him.

“[Carlos Arredondo] is amazing. Amazing guy, everything he does is positive,” Bauman said.

He says he's so grateful for his family and friends, the community, and perfect strangers.

“I love the letters that I get, especially from little kids. They draw pictures of me with my robot legs, as they call them. I just laugh and I love the positive vibes,” he said.

As for the man accused of changing Jeff's live and so many others one year ago?
        
“I really have no opinions on him. I have no emotions towards him, he has no life, he's pretty much dead to me,” Bauman said.

Bauman does plan to be at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, and he does plan to return to the marathon finish line.

“I’m going to try to be back there on Marathon Monday, going to try to get as close as I can.”

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