One month after the Boston Marathon bombing, survivors have vowed to start over and move on from the tragedy. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dance instructor who lost her foot in the Boston bombings, says she’s determined to dance again. Haslet-Davis stood approximately five feet away from the second explosion with her husband and is thankful they are both alive.
While she faces months of grueling therapy, physical training as a dancer has helped her transition as she learns how to navigate the world with one leg. Adrianne agreed to let CNN’s Anderson Cooper follow her recovery.
She is adjusting to a 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.
Two and a half weeks after the bombing she visited the memorial on 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.”
She was also profiled on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
“It’s the longest I’ve gone without dancing for as long as I remembered. I was in a very dark place,” Adrianne said. ”I absolutely will dance again. When I heard from Dancing With the Stars I was incredibly nervous, excited, happy. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Dancing with The Stars says they’ll help her choreograph a dance for a special guest appearance.
Photos by ABC and Arthur Murray Studio