Newlyweds Injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing Are Separating
02/25/2015 AT 07:50 PM EST
Rebekah Gregory, 27, and Pete DiMartino, 30, were standing near the finish line of the 2013 marathon watching his mom run the race when the two bombs went off. Gregory ultimately lost her left leg – after 17 surgeries, it was amputated in November – while DiMartino lost 90 percent of an Achilles tendon and suffered a ruptured eardrum.
Gregory, who tied the knot with DiMartino in Asheville, North Carolina, in a ceremony and reception thrown by TheKnot.com, tells PEOPLE, "After the decision was made to amputate my leg in November, I found myself having to make an even more painful choice – to separate from my husband Pete. Over the last several months I've come to realize that going through such a horrific event together put a fast-forward on our relationship that we each handled differently.
"While my heart is beyond broken, I have a certain peace knowing from day one, I truly gave it my all, and have been fully invested in keeping this marriage, and my commitment before God. I still love Pete with all of my heart and ask that everyone respect our privacy as we try to figure out our next steps. As for now, I am focused on doing what I feel is best for my son and I, and will concentrate my time on healing, both physically and emotionally."
Gregory – whose son from a previous relationship, Noah, is 7 – has a lot to look forward to these days. Currently inspiring through her Facebook page and a variety of speaking engagements, thanks to a new prosthetic leg and a lot of determination she's also planning to run the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20 (she's blogging about the experience for RunnersWorld.com).
"Why on Earth would I put myself through this?" she writes in her first post. "It's quite simple: To show myself – and the rest of the world – that I can. I can't wait to cross the finish line."
A call to DiMartino for comment was not returned.