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May 15th, 2013
06:50 PM ET

Healing, heartache one month after Boston bombings

It has been a month since two explosions turned a time-honored tradition into a grim reminder of how vulnerable we all are to an act of terror. The bombs went off within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That senseless tragedy claimed the lives of 8-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu, and in the aftermath, officer Sean Collier, who was killed during the manhunt for the bombing suspects.

275 people were hurt in the attack, six remain hospitalized.

For the survivors, the pain in many ways remains raw. But there are encouraging signs that the city is on a path to healing.

For Jarrod Clowery, who was injured in the attack, the little things are now a blessing.

"I'm a new man, I don't sweat the little things like I used to," said Clowery. "Watch this!" he says, as he gets up and hops around on his leg. "I am so blessed, if you had seen my legs a month ago."

The 35-year-old carpenter was one of hundreds injured in the attack one month ago, but he says he was fortunate.

"Three of my friends have no legs," said Clowery.

Many of the victims who lost limbs at the marathon are pushing toward a new kind of finish line.

"Once it's happened, you just have to move forward, because that's what it is. There's no way or no reason to look back and say, 'Why did this happen' or just focus on the negative," Roseann Sdoia. Her injuries led to one amputation below the knee, but as she returned home this week, she vowed not to let it slow her down.

"I used to run - I'm hoping that at some point through the prosthetics process I'll get back to running at some point," said Sdoia.

After a long, gruelling month, some of the wounded are getting back on their feet.

"I'm a much better person, it's taught me a lot about myself," triathlete Nicole Gross told WSOC-TV. Gross had been cheering her mom at the marathon when the bombs went off.

Several surgeries later, Gross is now in rehab, working hard toward recovery, a challenge brothers Paul and J.P. Norden know well.

"I'm ready to move on, I feel great, I feel like myself, it's just a new normal," J.P. Norden said of his rehabilitation.

Each lost a leg in the attacks and are healing, each day, together.

"Just one [step] in front of the other, that's all I'm focused on right now," said Paul Norden.

In Boston, helping the wounded is a team effort.

Victim Heather Abbot, who lost a leg, needed help getting to the mound but proudly threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park Sunday.

Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs, and whose haunting, ashen image became an iconic image of the terror unleashed that day, donned a Bruins jersey and triumphantly wheeled onto the ice at a Bruins game earlier this month.

Their bodies may be battered, but, one month after the attacks that changed their lives, their spirits remain Boston strong.

A touching cover of Boston Magazine after the bombings showed dozens of running shoes in the shape of a heart. More than 5,000 posters made with the same design have been sold, raising more than $75,000 dollars for One Fund Boston.

The shoes in the photo were donated to Boston's homeless.

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