Ilene Brandon, 59, lost both her arm and leg in November 2011. When she heard about the terrorist tragedy, she immediately wanted to go to Boston to help. She feels she can offer victims hope.
“It did bring back memories, obviously, of what I went through,” says Brandon. She feels a connection to the victims. “Losing a limb is not unlike losing a life, someone you love,” she says.
Dr. Matthew Godleski, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician at the University of Colorado Hospital says victims mourn the loss of not just their limbs—but of a life they imagined–a life now of catastrophic change and re-learning to do the fundamentals, like walking, bathing and eating.