Marathon first-responder from UMMS shares sorrow in Globe story

Christina Hernon among medical volunteers coping in bombing aftermath

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

October 15, 2013
   Hernon Boston Marathon Honoree
  Christina Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Maurine Williams, MD, emergency medicine resident, were honored by Chancellor Michael F. Collins at the 2013 Commencement for their work at the medical tent after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.

On the sixth-month anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Christina Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and a volunteer at the medical tent that day, tells the Boston Globe how the traumatic events have affected her life.

“I felt vulnerable, sad, and raw, and helpless, exposed, and overwhelmed,” said Dr. Hernon, in the Oct. 15 story that focuses on the aftermath for first-responders. “It made me very aware that, even on a day-to-day basis, all of that emotion is right below the surface. It’s packed and still raw, and that I’m not done processing this.”

She said she has tried counseling, but has turned to yoga to help her deal.

“As care providers, we often feel like we haven’t done enough,” she said.

Read the full story at here: First responders still in grip of Marathon's horror

Related links on UMassMedNow
Boston Marathon first responders honored
Soothing words for the wounded in bombing aftermath