Inspired Life: Terrorism Survivor Elena Breese

Boston Marathon bombing survivor and creator of Still Blooming Me, a resource for other terrorist attack survivors who are living with PTSD

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
In addition to my personal healing journey and all the effort it takes, I am working on finding new ways to reach and help other victims of terror who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

What failure did you learn the most from and what did you learn?
I actually don’t see it as a failure but rather a strength that has inspired my healing. When I was at the very worst place with my PTSD I voluntarily hospitalized myself. Though it was the worst experience of my life it ignited a fire within me to become my greatest advocate and fight for my life.

What is your go-­to strategy in moments of self doubt?
I remember to be gentle with myself. To breathe. To focus only on the day before me because even that can change in an instant, I learned that standing at the finish line of the bombing. I also have a great support system that I lean on when I need reassurance that I am on the right path.

Who or what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the love and support of my husband and kids, the people who have come along with me on this journey, and my faith. I am also grateful to feel grateful again. For peace, healing, and for the PTSD influenced lens by which I see my life through today.

How do you recharge?
I recharge each morning with my Insight Timer meditation app and sometimes I lean on it through the day and night as well. I eat well, exercise, and manage stress by saying no to the things that don’t honor me. I also find that I feel my best when I am helping others.

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Favorite inspirational quote:
Every flower that blooms has to go through a whole lot of dirt first to be beautiful.

My website is You can also follow my healing journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by following @stillbloomingme.