April 22, 2014

Today was everything we had hoped for when we came to Boston last year, a year later, a lifetime ago.
Boston you deserved today, it was electric. 

We had the most amazing two weeks ever. We visited both BMC and Spaulding Hospitals allowing us to personally thank the incredible individuals who first saved Johns life and then gave him his life back. 

We visited Engine 33 Ladder 15 to thank them for their first response and pay our respects for their devastating loss. 

We were humbled to be honored at many Tribute events.
We were  emotionally reunited with fellow survivors and their families.  We walked one mile,  side by side in solidarity was incredible.   To see how far they have come since we left in Sept ,  now that was medicine for our hearts. 

We had a wonderful Easter in  Franklin, visiting friends and former neighbors of Matt and Nicole, it was a perfect day. 

Yesterday, words can't describe watching the finish of the race, shaking hands with Meb, seeing Pat and Jess complete the Marathon on hand bikes in just over 2 hours then standing on the sidewalk waiting for the two amazing young women who ran proudly in John's honor. It gave us the chance to finally experience what we had come to Boston for last year. 
Coming back was important to us for so many reasons,  above are but a few. 
We now have closure of a chapter in our lives that we didn't ask for but one that has given us opportunities,  experiences and relationships we wouldn't trade for anything in the world. 
It has  made us stronger, Odom Strong, BOSTON STRONG
Xoxo K

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Ira Schumer
By Ira Schumer
Great to hear about the amazing trip and all was more than you could imagine. So heartwarming to hear the stories and hope to get some updates in the future when you find the right moment as the Odom Strong team is always in our hearts.
Ira Schumer
By Ira Schumer
Great to hear about the amazing trip and all was more than you could imagine. So heartwarming to hear the stories and hope to get some updates in the future when you find the right moment as the Odom Strong team is always in our hearts.
Pamela Smith
By Pamela Smith
If you and John only knew how many valuable lessons you have taught the Smith family -- lovely, gracious, humble thoughts and actions. Thank you. Mike and Pam Smith
Irvin Pike
By Irvin Pike
Odom strong, Boston strong. I am very happy for the healing going on physically and emotionally. Wonderful for the full circle and to see the love flow. The journey through life has many turns. May you be blessed on your journey, finding comfort and refuge.You and John have learned and grown from the encounter no one would choose to go through.Sending our love.
Irvin and Pamela
kandy quesada
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John & Karen - I am so glad for this experience for you. You both are such an inspiration and to watch your journey through this has been overwhelming. You have touched so many lives and we all love you.

God Bless you - Kandy
Julie Bird
By Julie Rouse Bird
It is a pleasure to read your posts Karen. I am so happy that you and John got to experience what the city had to offer and that John was able to show the world what amazing progress he has made!
Ann Cullen
By Ann and Bill
It was wonderful to see you two on television and the emotions of being back in Boston. We are all so proud of both of you!
Jack Montijo
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Well Thank God for all he has done for you both. So glad you two went back and got the closure so needed.It is great you can face all this and come out like you did, and Odom Strong, way to go John, Karen
Tom FitzGerald
By Tom & Maureen
We are so happy that you have been able to share so many of your thoughts and experiences with so many people that love both of you. I do think it was important to return to Boston and to "close the chapter" as you put it. Lots of positive feelings at this point. Neither one of you will ever be the same as before....but your strength is amazing. We love both of you and look forward to seeing you both soon..(sushi anyone?)....
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Don Knabe
By Don Knabe
Double down on Boston Strong and Inspiration as you continue to inspire us all. See you soon and travel safe! Hugs and Prayers and Love, Don and Julie