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NH victims of Boston Marathon bombing: Struggles aren't over, but kind acts buoy them
Martha Galvis of Nashua, left, seen at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, had her hand shattered and leg severely hurt in the Boston Marathon bombings. After four weeks of multiple surgeries and hours of physical therapy, she has started taking steps with the aid of a walker. (COURTESY)
The Brassard family, from left, Karen, Krystara and Ron of Epsom, have tried to stay upbeat while they deal with the physical, financial and emotional toll of being injured at the Boston Marathon bombings. (COURTESY)
"It's frustrating, two steps forward, one step back ...," she said.
"Our daughter has been amazing; she has been helping to take care of us. Fortunately her classes basically already ended, so she came home with us. She is our chauffeur, housemaid; she has been everything for us because we aren't supposed to be up doing anything," Karen Brassard said.
Both Galvis and Brassard expressed concern that they and their spouses might not be able to return to work, and worry about their medical bills.
Currently on disability, Alvaro Galvis said he is unsure when he would be able to return to work; his wife, Martha, will probably never be able to, he said.
"It is mind-boggling the outpouring of well wishes; we have gotten over 140 cards," Galvis said.
Karen Brassard said the FBI is helping to pay for her sister to fly in from Virginia and stay with her for a while.
"We cried as we read it ... He said he had been saving his allowance for something important and that this was it," Brassard said.
"He was nervous before going out there, but he threw a strike," she said, "and leaving the field, the crowd stood and it was just unbelievable and overwhelming how kind people are."
"I am thinking about seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder," Karen Brassard said. "I am not sure what the rest of my family will do, but for me I feel I should."
Alvaro Galvis said that he and his wife are currently seeing a therapist. He said he has difficulty with loud noises and crowds, and that he is prone to flashbacks.
"It was like a war zone, not that I have ever been in one, but I imagine that this is as close as it could get; it was a very strange reality being on a street in Boston," Dana said.
"I probably will always feel guilty that I didn't do more, but in a situation like that I don't know that anyone could have done enough," he said. "I haven't spoken to one athletic trainer who felt they did enough."
"The very first day back at UNH, I heard a loud noise from a dump truck and it scared the heck out of me, but now as long as I can identify the source of the noise, I am OK," Dana said.
"I just want to get back on the horse ... I am not going to bail just because it went bad once," he said.
New Hampshire Union Leader running columnist Andy Schachat wasn't physically hurt, but was close to the finish line working on a story about the marathon when the bombs exploded.
He said that it has been good for him to talk about what happened and to share the stories of what he saw. Schachat added that it was cathartic for him to visit the site of the finish line about two weeks after the bombings.