This isn't just nay trip down the block for Paul Norden. On the way to see his older brother JP, it's like any other day of their lives now forever changed and no matter lost limbs nor IV poles and wheel chairs can rend their bond unbroken.
JP and Paul Norden are the archetype of what it is to be brothers, and so much more. Best friends, neighbors and working together as roofers since high school, they're used to seeing each other every day.
On April 15, together, they went to cheer on a friend at the Boston Marathon.
"Initially, I didn't know what happened. I just remembered a lot of pain and looking down, and the next thing was I was looking for him," JP told Good Morning America's Josh Elliott.
"I wanted to know what happened with by brother and my girlfriend," Paul said. "It just kept running through my mind, ‘what's going on with them? What's going on with them?' I knew I lost my leg, but I didn't know if they were all right or not."
In the chaos, the brothers would be rushed to different hospitals. JP was sent to Bringham and Women's Hospital. Paul and Beth were sent to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, not knowing whether the other had survived.
"A guy just kept wiping my face and just telling me that, you know, ‘Everything's going to be okay.' I just said to myself, ‘I don't want to—I don't want to shut my eyes.' I just felt like if I shut my eyes and let myself go that was it," JP said.
Across town, their mother Liz was at home making the boys' favorite supper when she got a phone call.
"My son called me at 3:00 on my cell phone," Liz told GMA's Josh Elliott the morning after the bombing. "He was hurt really bad."
Nearly a month later, those emotions remain raw.
"I see them, what they're going through, it's just heartbreaking," Liz said.
But this day isn't about heartbreak, it's about hope, because as Boston was recovering so, too, were they.
"When I saw him, I just let it all out. It was amazing. I didn't see him for 14 days; I see him every day of my life, six times a day," JP said.
Brothers who refused to be victims are living examples of their city's new mantra, "Boston Strong", and teaching us all what that means.
"I just think they're cowards," JP said about the Boston bombing suspect. "That's-- I mean, I don't know--I don't know anyone that would just do that to people, I really don't. I know there are bad people in the world, but I also learned that there are a lot of good people in the world."
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