PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A slight limp is about the only way you might tellKaren Rand lost her left leg in a bomb blast near the finish line of the Boston Marathon just seven months ago.
"I forget when I'm walking and I think I'm fine, and I'll just trip over something or I'll step down, and it is a big reminder that ok, I have a prosthetic," admitted Rand.
"I'm still healing, so I am still in that transitional period with my socket, some days it fits better than others," she explained.
While the physical wounds left behind are on the mend, the emotional scars are still fresh.
"I deal with some of that sadness, that day, the best that I can," she said. "And it will always be something that haunts me. It is not ever going to go completely away."
To help with the healing process, Rand now splits her time between Boston - where she still receives treatment - and thearea where she grew up in Portland.
"I think I needed to take my self out of all that chaos in Boston," she explained. "Everything is just a constant reminder."
She had hoped to build a handicap accessible home near the water in Old Orchard Beach, but the logistics just didn't work out. When she saw a new apartment that could meet her needs on Munjoy Hill in Portland, she knew instantlyit was the right fit for her.
"I have a huge support system here and it is why I have been wanting to be here and coming here," she stated.
Karen Rand not only lost her left leg, but her best friend Krystal Campbell, in the terrorist attack. But despite losing so much, she has gained a new appreciation for the kindness ofothers.
"One of the biggest things I learned was that there is so much more good in this world than bad, there are so many more good people and when you really need people to pull together they'll pull together and it is amazing what they will do," she said.
While she still has a long road to recovery in front of her, it is amazing just how far she has come in such a short amount of time.