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Adrianne Haslet-Davis still recovering from Boston Marathon bombings

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By Anderson Cooper

BOSTON (CNN) - A dance instructor who lost her foot in the Boston bombings is determined to dance again.

One month after the attack Adrianne Haslet-Davis remains on the long road to recovery.

Here is what Adrianne had to say just one week after the bombings:

COOPER: "How close were you to the second explosion?"

ADRIANNE: "I was right in front of it, right in front of the business where it was, so I felt the direct impact and it immediately blew off my left foot."

COOPER: "How far away was the bomb? Do you know?"

ADRIANNE: "My guess would have been about five feet."

COOPER: "Five feet."

ADRIANNE: "Yes. We're lucky to be alive."

Her strength, along with that of her husband, Adam, who had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan with the Air Force, and was also injured in the bombing, inspired people around the world.

COOPER: "You're determined to dance again."

ADRIANNE: "I am. Yes. Dancing is the one thing that I do that when I do it, I don't feel like I should be doing anything else ever. I feel so free."

Adrianne agreed to let us follow her recovery on the long road to dancing again.

While she faces months of grueling therapy, her physical training as a dancer has helped better prepare her for learning to navigate the world with one leg.

She also agreed to film her everyday life, her new normal.

"I am getting my very first manicure and pedicure in 20 days today since the marathon. I am feeling more and more like a girl and feeling more normal even though only one of my feet are getting painted. Check those babies out," she said.

There are those simple milestones. There are others that are hard.

"I'll be going home tomorrow and it makes me really sad because I don't feel like I'm ready. I'm nervous and scared to walk the streets of Boston for the first time after all of this and I've been living in this bubble of safety. Now I'm just going to go out into the real world into a world with bombs and strangers and memories that I don't know if I'm ready to face," said Adrianne.

But two and a half weeks after the bombing, it's time to go home.

The next day, despite her fears, she returns to Boylston Street, where it all happened.

"After seeing the memorial and seeing people there and just paying their respects and hearing people tell me that I was an inspiration. It's very sweet first of all that they would want to give me their support but I think it's also for them. It's important for them to see that all of us that were affected were moving on and trying to find some sort of normalcy, and for them to be able to kind of have that knowledge that it goes, life goes on after such a horrible tragedy."



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