The tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon has brought one couple closer together and given them a plan for their shared future. Together they hope to build a new home and the support system they hope will carry them through the long road to recovery which lies before them.
Rebekah Gregory was a 26-year-old mother hailing from Richmond, Texas when the April 15 blast forever changed her life. After enduring 13 surgeries so far, she hopes to avoid having her left leg amputated.
Pete DiMartino, 28, from Rochester, NY lost 90 percent of his right Achilles’ tendon in addition to having multiple broken bones in his ankles.
The two had been dating for just under a year at the time of the bombing which claimed the lives of three people and injured another 275. DiMartino is making arrangements to move to Richmond.
The couple, who had last seen one another in May when Gregory was medically evacuated to Texas from Boston and DiMartino returned to New York to continue his rehabilitation. They were reunited in Houston, near Gregory’s home in July.
Gregory calls DiMartino the ‘love of her life’ and is amazed they were given this remarkable chance to rebuild their lives together. Though they had been sorting out the details of how to take their relationship to the next level by trying to decide which city to live in, the bombings stepped up their plans dramatically.
With a nudge from a Houston developer who offered the couple a discounted deal on a new home, it looks like Texas will be the couple’s home. DiMartino will be making many more trips to Texas to help get things going. One of the details they must settle on is the design. A master bedroom on the ground floor is a must for Gregory who is still unable to put any weight on her fragile left leg.
The house should be ready by November for the couple and Gregory’s son to move into. DiMartino is hopeful that he can make the move permanently at that time.
Though both struggle with chronic pain and the difficulties their new realities bring, they are confident that together they can weather this storm.