“You’re not a bad person,” he adds. “It’s not because of anything you did with your life. Things just happen.”
There has been an outpouring of physical, emotional and financial support for the survivors. They are celebrities, feted at pro sports events, visited by everyone from President Obama to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. When Clowery, at a news conference, said the choreography of the medical response surpassed any drive that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had orchestrated on a football field, Brady signed a jersey and had it delivered to Clowery, who keeps the prized possession in a cabinet in his room.
Spaulding, which opened April 27, has a large outpatient program as well, says Ross Zafont, the facility’s vice president of medical affairs, and will provide care for the survivors as long as they need it.
In Boston, the marathon is one of those events big enough to transcend communities, to bring diverse people together in the same place, he says. “That could have been almost any one of us,” he says. “Really and truly, it could have been any one of us.”
The nearly $30 million donated to the One Fund for victims, and the money pouring into smaller and individual funds, seems staggering until costs are closely considered. For an above-the-knee amputee such as Norden, a prosthesis will cost $30,000 to $60,000 and will need replacement about every three years, according to Greg Martino, vice president of Boston-based United Prosthetics, which is working with Spaulding to outfit some of the amputees. During each three-year period, adjustments and component and socket replacements can add another $10,000 to the cost. Insurance coverage varies widely, he said.
“You’re  years old and you’re missing a leg and you’re not working,” Clowery says of Norden. “It’s going to take five years to get well.”
But all that is for the future. The Stoneham victims share a determined focus on the here and now. They spend less time each day on the past, little yet on what is to come.
“I know we’ll be normal,” Norden says. “It’s just a different normal.”