TODAY | October 16, 2013
>>> an uplifting story tied to the boston bombings six months ago and one of families impacted by those attacks is a family you have been following.
>> yes, i've gotten to know sydney and celeste corcoran well. they stood at the finish line to cheer on their sister that was racing. they are getting stronger thanks to a determination to change tragedy into triumph.
>> wow, look how far you have come. oh my gosh, yes.
>> reporter: six months since the terror of the boston marathon bombings, celeste corcoran that lost both her legs that day is now making great strides.
>> how are you doing physically and emotionally?
>> i have good days and bad days . i feel myself getting stronger and stronger and there's probably less bad days than good days.
>> reporter: celeste wasn't alone. she was there with her husband kevin and her 18-year-old daughter sydney to cheer her sister on. sydney suffered a near fatal wound and says the emotional scars is just as bad as the physical ones.
>> it's always in the back of my mind and with that comes anxiety.
>> reporter: this mother and daughter aren't taking anything for granted now. celeste had lots of help along the way but getting back to normal means doing more things on her own.
>> the biggest thing to me now is driving and getting around independe independently.
>> reporter: celeste took me for a spin.
>> push it down.
>> reporter: and she loves her work as a hair stylist but it means standing most of the day. now a little more challenging but i was lucky enough to be her first female client since the marathon.
>> i'm honored.
>> i'm honored.
>> reporter: for celeste a full recovery is the goal. she has a ways to go but is thankful for her family, especially on the hardest days.
>> when you're down she helps you and when you're down, you help her.
>> we both got hurt and went through the same things and need to help each other.
>> reporter: sydney , now a college freshman , says the whole experience influenced the direction of her studies.
>> the ultimate goal is to get my bachelors in psychology and my masters in occupational therapy . when this happened and i was in the hospital, all of my nurses and pt and ot people, they would always say to me, like, you're going to be a nurse, right?
>> reporter: for celeste , learning how to walk again i was difficult.
>> i think i was expecting a miracle. everybody was saying how much better the legs were going to be and the bottom line is nothing is easy.
>> reporter: just a few weeks ago celeste tried something even harder, running at a mobility clinic sponsored by the challenged athletes foundation. now she set an even bigger goal for herself and sydney six months from now.
>> are you going to be at the boston marathon finish line ? do you think you all can emotionally do that?
>> my sister is going to run it g again so of course we're going to be there. we're going to hold hand and link arms or something and cross the finish line together.
>> just a remarkable family and right now they're living day by day and her short-term goals are to get a driver's license once again because you have to be tested to be able to drive once again with her prosthetic legs but she is doing great and they're holding up strong.
>> i think she'll accomplish the