Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss his book “Stronger” and the upcoming race. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Jeff Bauman is back in the spotlight with his new book and the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
One day after the first anniversary of the attacks at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Bauman became a New York Times best-selling author for his memoir.
“It kind of put me back there laying on the sidewalk,” Bauman said of co-writing the book with Bret Witter. “It’s tough to talk about the details and the smells and the sounds, but at least I can talk about it.
“Yesterday I was thinking Boston and I have a million and terrorists are zero. We’re killing them. They did absolutely nothing. They just — they did do a horrible thing — but it didn’t accomplish anything. People aren’t scared, and we’ve just grown stronger and become more positive and now we have tighter security and I, really, I’m just grateful and proud of our city and the support has been unreal. I do look at it. I think about it every day.”
Bauman said that he does not think about what he could have done differently on the day of the attacks.
“I’m just living my life,” Bauman said. “I was there having fun and it was great time. It was my first marathon, and you know it’s not going to be my last. I was there supporting my girlfriend, who is now my fiancee, and I wouldn’t change where I was.
“I was there living my life and supporting someone I love, and I was there with friends and great people around me besides that one kid. I don’t look at the past like that, I look forward.”
Bauman added that when crowds line Boylston Street on April 21 for the 2014 Boston Marathon, he will be in attendance.
“I’m gong to be right around that area,” Bauman said. “I’m not too good in crowds — I’m not scared of them or anything — it’s just my prosthetics. With my prosthetics I’m not too good with getting in between people. I definitely want to be there, and just be around that atmosphere and show people that, you know, we’re not scared. I’m not frightened. I know we had another scare the other day, but I didn’t even think twice about not going, and I’ll definitely be there on Monday.”
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On the physical challenges of the last year: “Definitely the prosthetics. When I first started to stand, I knew it was going to be tough just from the time I stood up and really challenged my legs — what was left of my legs. That’s been the hardest physical part is just getting my legs into shape and desensitized enough that I can wear my prosthetics for a length of time and then after that it’s like more of a cardio thing. Kind of like endurance — building up my leg strength and my whole body strength to keep my legs on all day and it’s really tough to do, but now I can keep my legs on all day.”
On what encouraged him to keep going: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about these two kids at all. Finding some strength to get through some stuff, I look at the other survivors. When I see everyone else doing great, it is amazing. That kind of fuels my fire and not anger. I don’t hold grudges against people. It’s more about a love and seeing people doing great and positive vibes.”