Much like everybody else, I have been horrified by the bombings in Boston. To think that an individual (or a group of individuals) can create such malicious havoc is impossible to comprehend. Going through the motions on Monday night, in an attempt to shield Robby from the news, my heart was breaking. I felt compelled to do nothing but watch the news in horror, yet I knew that I had to keep busy in order to feign a sense of normalcy.
As the evening wore on, it became clear
that the blasts resulted in numerous amputations on the scene. After
putting Robby to bed I sat on the couch and silently cried. Thinking of
the overwhelming fear and loss that was being felt by the newest members
of the amputee community in Boston, I grieved their loss.
a limb is never "fair," but experiencing limb loss through a terrorist
event must create an incomprehensible sense of anguish for the victims.
At times like this I am reminded that I have been fortunate. I am an
amputee but I never experienced a traumatic amputation. I was spared the
nightmare of seeing my limb ripped from my body because of an
instantaneous event. I have been spared the flashbacks that so many of
my friends experience.
Today I am thinking about not only the
victims and their loved ones in Boston, but also about many of my
friends. The details and photos that are being released through the
media are causing several people whom I care and respect to struggle
with horrific flashbacks of their own traumatic events. This issue is
particularly worrisome for many of my Wounded Warrior friends who are
now forced to relive their own IED attacks through CNN and the nightly
news. At some point, our insatiable quest for details after a tragedy
I don't need to see a photo of a man with
shards of bone hanging where a foot had been in order to grasp the scope
of this tragedy. I am sure that this man as well as his family and
friends do not want such a personal photo shared and used for fodder and
conversation on Facebook and other social outlets. I implore everybody,
please be respectful and stop sharing these graphic images. They aren't
helping anybody, and they are causing more collateral damage and pain.