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September 10, 2013

Marathon bombing survivor says attitude matters

Marathon bombing survivor speaks to Pollard School staff


Pollard School principal Michelle Gaydos said she thought listening to Sdoia speak would be a good way to get the school year started.

“I think we made a connection with her,” she said. “Listening to her positive attitude at the beginning of the school year is a great message to open, to the staff that we have.”

Sdoia spent weeks at Massachusetts General, then more time at Spaulding Rehab Center. She was released in mid-May, but she still faces challenges.

“My goal is to walk without a limp,” she said. “I go for physical therapy, I’m also working with a personal trainer to just get my strength back. I’m getting there though, slowly, but surely.”

Sdoia said she hopes to return to her job at a development company, but she’s not ready yet.

She said the most difficult part of the experience was losing her independence.

“Being single, I’ve always been the most responsible for my life,” she said. “But having to relinquish it to (Buckley) and my two good friends has been a challenge.

Yesterday was Sdoia’s first public speaking event since the bombings; she left a strong impression on the staff.

“You will always have choices in your life,” Buckley said. “You can choose to be happy, or choose to be angry. But she chose to do it with a smile on her face and real determination.”

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