Lauren Scruggs feels lucky to be alive - even blessed.
This, after she accidentally walked into a propeller and lost her left hand and eye. Her mental state is just as astounding as her physical recovery.
"It's kind of weird to say, but I wouldn't trade it," the 24-year-old model and blogger says. "I've seen it as a miracle. I've been through a lot but I'm living."
Scruggs tells People that she's adjusting to her prosthetic eye and several different prosthetic arms, plus re-learning how to tie her shoes and drive.
It's hard, but she's coping. Make that thriving.
"Sometimes it's easy to dwell on the fact that I don't look the same," says Scruggs, who is releasing a memoir written with her family this week.
"But every day I'm feeling better and better."
Says her father, Jeff: "You don't take life for granted anymore."
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