TODAY   |  October 16, 2013

Boston bombing survivors making strides

Six months after the Boston Marathon bombing, daughter and mom Sydney and Celeste Corcoran are working together to recover from the injuries they sustained in the attack. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports

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>>> 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.

>> fantastic.

>> 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