Boston Marathon bombing survivors turning April into month they got married, not injured

As her wedding nears, so does the year anniversary of the bombing. But out of that awful day, she formed special friendships
March 28, 2014 8:19:56 PM PDT
A wedding celebrates the union of two people, but for one Houston woman who survived the Boston Marathon bombing. Her wedding will also reunite her with those who helped her recover.

As Rebekah Gregory's wedding approaches, so does the year anniversary of the bombing. But out of that awful day, she formed a special friendship with two women.

With just a week to go before her wedding, Gregory is like any bride to be. But her walk down the aisle will be different.

On Friday, she laughed and chatted via Skype with two women with whom she now has an incredible bond.

"They have seen me at my absolute worst," Gregory said.

Soon they'll be reunited again.

"She's come such a long way. It's been such an uphill battle for her," registered nurse Tracy Kiss said.

On the morning of the Boston Marathon last April, Rebekah, her son Noah and fiance Peter Dimartino were waiting for Dimartino's mother to cross the finish line when the blasts happened.

"I really thought that was it for me, that was the day I was going to die," Gregory said.

They were all injured, but Gregory was the worst off. She spent 56 days in the hospital in Boston and many surgeries followed, with nurses Naomi Stone and Kiss caring for her every step of the way.

"In my life as a nurse, never have I ever been so attached to one person," Stone said.

Today they are good friends. They visited Gregory in November in Houston and will be at her wedding in North Carolina next week. It's not a coincidence Gregory chose April.

"I really want to turn April into the month we got married as opposed to the month that we got blown up," Gregory said.

But it was also the month she gained two new friends.

"I wouldn't trade that for the world," Gregory said.

Gregory remains positive, even with another major medical battle ahead because of her injuries; she will have her left leg amputated below the knee sometime this summer.

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