25 April 2013

"This isn't the end. This is the beginning."

Tissue alert.

Marine Wounded Warriors visited Boston Marathon bombing victims at Boston Medical Center April 21

The two Wounded Warriors shared their upbeat attitudes with mother and daughter, Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, on life after experiencing a traumatic event.

Celeste lost both legs, something Sgt. Gabe Martinez, a combat engineer who lost both legs in Marjah, Afghanistan, in 2010, and Capt. Cameron West, who also lost a leg in battle, could empathize. Sydney, her daughter, sustained shrapnel wounds to the arteries in her legs.

“I can’t do anything right now,” Celeste told the Marines, fighting tears as she looked at her legs.

“I can’t believe it’s the same,” she said as she observed the wounds she shared with Martinez, who wouldn’t let her lose faith in spite of the circumstances.

“After this, you’ll be more independent than you ever were,” said Martinez. “This isn’t the end. This is the beginning.”

What a great thing for those Marines to do. Semper Fi!

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