Dance Teacher Who Lost Foot In Boston Bombing Sounds Like A Total Badass

Adrianne Haslet-Davis

As more stories about the victims of the Boston bombings last week are revealed by the media, it is clear that each and every person is so deserving of not only our sympathies, but also our respect. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a ballroom dance instructor, is one of those survivors — and she is fucking awesome. Haslet-Davis was watching the Boston Marathon with her husband as spectators when the explosions went off.

“I remember two people who looked at me laying there, as if I were already dead… We sat up and I said, ‘Wait, my foot hurts.’ And then he held up my foot and we both just screamed bloody murder,” she said. “I didn’t feel heat from it. I just felt air and then I fell to the ground.”

Some good samaritans carried her away from the carnage, and after being brought to Boston Medical Center, she was treated by a team of incredible doctors. Unfortunately, they were unable to save her foot, a result that Haslet-Davis has addressed with both striking honesty and optimism to the Boston Herald.

“I’ve been better, but I’m doing OK.” When asked about the dark moments, she bellowed, “Hell, yeah, I’ve had plenty. I’ve thrown my walker across the room and haven’t used it yet. But I realized you have to be selfish about the things that matter the most. My husband. The job I love. Dancing is my life. Yeah, having my foot blown off, that really sucks. But I can’t wallow in woe is me.

“I can’t let some (expletive) come along and steal my whole life. So, I’ll dance again. And next year, though I’ve never been a runner, yes, I plan to run the marathon.”

First of all, this woman was in the hospital with morphine pumping through her veins and she threw a walker. She is awesome. Second, it is truly incredible that she’s managing to be so optimistic. When we talk about horrible events like last week’s, the media tends to focus on the perpetrators — a rational and justifiable response, as our country was obviously devoted as a whole to finding out who committed the violent act. Nevertheless, it’s so, so important to focus on the survivors and all those affected. And Haslet-Davis has sentiments for people looking for answers.

“I just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that might seem like the end of the world and come out stronger,” says Haslet-Davis. While I’m typically not the kind of person who believes a single piece of advice should be taken by everybody, I think those words are ones we can all at least consider, if not internalize.

Photo: Arthur Murray Studio

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    • Coner

      “She’s f’in awesome.” What are you a 13 year old?

      • Pirate Pride 5

        I agree Coner! I was taken back when I was reading this. Really? There’s not a better word to use here?

      • Alyssa

        She said “fucking” not “f’in”. If you have issues with just typing a swear word than the immaturity does not lie with the author here.

    • Ellen W.

      She does sound great- and yeah- I like that she admits that she got mad enough to throw her walker across the room.
      And I don’t have any problem with the swearing in this article. If I had a 10-year-old cousin I wouldn’t send her a link to this blog post. But then I don’t think The Gloss has ever presented itself as anything other than being for adults.

      • Sara

        Not all adults think swearing is appropriate, I certainly don’t and I think it is in poor taste to use it in an article

    • Anne Jam

      why is this a paid distribution

    • JBnID

      Badly written by a bad writer.

    • Richard Jubinville

      Do you have to describe her as “f******g awesome??? Are you so degenerate with the English language that you cannot find another word to descibe her bravery> Now I cannot show this to my grandchildren. This language is totally unnecessary!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sara

      Why is the “F” word in this article? trashy. Then to put expletive, later to censor the survivors comment……..dumb.

    • Liam

      Boston is the BEST….My wife and I went there last week, so we could feel the strength of its citizens. Let us not forget that BOSTON is where the American Revloution began !