11:36 AM EDT 01/14/2015
Originally posted 04/20/2014 07:20PM
When the Boston Marathon starting gun goes off Monday, runner Demi Clark will have a group of soldiers to thank as she heads out over the 26-mile course.
Clark says she struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after becoming the final runner to cross the finish line while bombs exploded and debris rained down around her during the 2013 race.
"So many people around me were hit with shrapnel," recalls Clark, whose left eardrum was blown out by the blast. "I had such massive guilt that I walked away uninjured."
Within months of the blast, the guilt and memories of the victims, the blood and severed limbs she'd seen, took its toll on her. She began seeing a therapist, who diagnosed her with PTSD.
"I wasn't sleeping, and I was anxious whenever I went into public spaces," she recalls. "I just wanted to close the drapes and become a hermit."
Originally posted 04/17/2014 07:30PM
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Originally posted 04/15/2014 02:00PM
On the anniversary of the marathon bombing, PEOPLE readers send love to Beantown
Originally posted 04/16/2013 04:00PM
See how Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg and more sent love to their hometown last year
Originally posted 04/15/2014 03:15PM
It started as a celebratory scene in Boston's Copley Square on April 15, 2013, as thousands gathered to cheer on runners crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a proud New England tradition for 117 years.
Originally posted 04/15/2014 12:15PM
Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr A year ago on Tuesday, three lives were tragically ended and hundreds more changed forever when two powerful bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Originally posted 04/15/2014 11:00AM
Whether you're wearing a Red Sox cap, Patriots jersey or Bruins gear, show us how you're standing by Boston today
Originally posted 04/16/2014 11:25AM
One year later, remembering the day's heroes, tributes to the fallen and a city that won't let tragedy take it down
Originally posted 04/11/2014 09:15AM
[YOUTUBE "oX2eA8QXhVk"] Almost a year has passed since the Boston Marathon bombings, and one of rock's legendary bands will pay tribute to the anniversary of the tragedy.
Originally posted 04/04/2014 12:00PM
It may have been pouring rain in Asheville, N.C., on Friday, but underneath a tent filled with flowers it felt like the sun was shining.
That's because Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino, who were gravely injured in last April's Boston Marathon bombing, were standing together, exchanging vows in front of family and friends who at one time had worried this day might never come.
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