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This Boston Marathon Survivor Is Returning to Running for the First Time Since the Bombs Went Off

This is what courage looks like.

Roseann Sdoia lost her leg to injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th, 2013, according to her website. The Bostonian had to undergo several surgeries to remove shrapnel from her abdomen and legs and eventually had her right leg amputated above the knee.

That was a moment in time, and you just have to keep moving forward,” Sdoia says in the video below.

After a grueling physical and emotional recovery, Sdoia has made a return to running. Last Sunday, Sdoia completed the Lisa’s Lung Cancer Awareness 5K in Lowell, Massachusetts, WCVB 5 News reported.

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Photo Courtesy of Dear World: Boston Marathon

Sdoia was never a marathon runner — she was a spectator when the bomb went off — but she enjoyed running three to five miles a day before her amputation, according to her website. She’s challenged herself to run again in the hopes of inspiring others in similar situations to never give up, and her journey is being turned into a new documentary called, “Who Says Roseann Can’t Run.”

The 5k on Sunday was the first distance run Sdoia has attempted since the bombing, according to WCVB 5 News. She began training in April, a year after the explosion, with the help of Jothy Rosenberg, fellow amputee and founder of the Who Says I Can’t foundation.

“It’s something that I think I want to get back to, but it’s definitely a love-hate relationship,” Sdoia told the outlet. “It’s not easy and so there is a lot of anxiousness.”

Watch Sdoia’s inspiring return to running in the video below: 

h/t Reddit Uplifting News

For more information visit the Roseann Sdoia Recovery and Support Facebook page.

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