The first thing that strikes you about Heather Abbott is not that the lower part of her left leg is gone.
It's her attitude.
"I think if someone told me I'd be in this situation, I don't think I would have thought I'd handle it this way. I think I would have been devastated," the 38-year-old Newport woman said. "And not that I'm not, but I don't think I would have been able to progress as quickly because I would have been held back by that."
The day of the bombings, Abbott and a half-dozen friends took in the traditional Patriots' Day Red Sox game at Fenway Park. They left early and headed to a restaurant not far from the marathon's finish line.
Then, the second bomb went off.
Abbott's leg was badly injured, and she recently made the decision to amputate.
She's in a cast, working toward a prosthetic leg.
Abbott is now at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., and just beginning the physical therapy part of her recovery.
A big part of healing is a positive outlook, something that is no problem for Abbott.
"I guess I'm sort of a logical person in general and (the positive attitude) is sort of my nature," she said.
"To me, logically, the best thing to do is focus on getting better and focus on getting that prosthetic leg and getting back to normal. I really try not to dwell on any of the negative aspects of this and I'm not going to say I never think about them and I certainly have my moments. But for the most part, I'm just trying to focus on getting better and getting back to normal. I'm not sure where it comes from. I don't know if I would have expected myself to act this way. But I'm glad I did."
Abbott said she's not one to think what could have been. Instead, she thinks about what is happening.
"For me the thing that sticks out the most is I cannot believe the support other people have given me. People I know who are friends and family, people I've never met in my life. And I think it's a reminder that people want to help and there's a lot of good people out there and I think we forget that until something like this happens," she said.
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