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Dr. Mandelbaum for Thrive Global: Fitness Motivation after Traumatic Experience


In April and like every year, I was thinking about the Boston Marathon (the world’s oldest marathon), and my heart was filled with a mix of emotions. Disappointed because it was postponed until October because of the pandemic and nostalgia because I was there in 2001, at the time serving in the coveted role as the race’s finish-line doctor. But this year, I was once again overcome with an overwhelming sense of awed inspiration when remembering Adrianne Haslet, a survivor of the Boston Terrorist Bombings, leading the marathon. The former ballroom dancer was a spectator when she lost a leg on that horrific day in our nation’s history.

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